Here is a theory on the game being played between Jacob and MIB. There are two sets of pieces. The Living and The Undead. Jacob can influence the living off the island by touching but does not control them completely. Jacob always insists on free will. Jacob can also manifest himself as the dead but only if they died on the island. MIB can manifest himself as the dead only if they died off the island other wise MIB is the monster.
Here are some moves made by MIB and Jacob that support the theory. Remember Richards interest in the fact that young Ben had seen his dead mother who had died off island in "the man behind the curtain" ?
- MIB manifested as Ben's Mother at his window and in the forest to draw him into the others.
- MIB becomes Christia…