Richard Alpert: is he the key character of LOST?

Italy
May 10, 2009 6:42am CST
Season 5 has focused my attention on the figure of Richard Alpert more than ever. Looks like he's been on the island forever, and knows way more that he shows about it. He was there in 1954 and killed the soldiers that took the H-bomb to the island. He was there in the 70s and saved Ben. He is the contact between the others and Jacob in present times. He wa part of the fertily project and that was the reason he was on the island before this time traveling revealed the rest. And he always looks the same. In the last episode Ben says to Sun that he is an advisor and has had this job for a very long time, but what exactly is Richard Alpert? Is he the answer of it all? May he be Jacob himself? I'd like to hear your theories on this aenigmatic figure.
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
10 May 09
I am at a loss when it comes to the character of Richard Alpert. Not only is he timeless and ageless, he also manages to survive all the dangers and calamities on the island. Now, him telling Sun that he watched all the people stuck back in time, die, I was shocked. How is he still around. We know he's left the island and come back to it. I hoping a little more will be revealed in the next episode.
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
10 May 09
I think Richard is surprised that Locke had the timing down so well. Locke knew that was the night he would come stumbling through the jungle. I can't figure how he knew it was going to be that night. I think Locke is getting close to really understanding what the island is and can do. I don't think Ben ever really challenged the island the way Locke is doing. I think that's why Richard said that Locke is becoming a problem.
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• Italy
10 May 09
Mmh... yes, you made the point. Then there is something that we still don't know about Locke. I hope next episode will clear how he became so confident and how he came to the decision of kill Jacob. I don't know why but since I saw the last episode I have this little voice into my head that Jacob is actually Richard or something like that. He is the one and only that has always been in contact with him and had some kind of direct relationship (at least that's what it seems) with him. And let me tell you, I love to see Ben struggle because he's not in control of everything anymore!!
• Belgium
17 Jul 09
He ain't Jacob, i believe John Locke or Jacks father is Jacob, they show him in a chair in one of the episodes as a ghost, if you pause that moment, it looks like Jacks father, but he kind of looks like Locke too.
• United States
6 Jul 09
I don't think he's Jacob, unless that other guy was just going by the name Jacob to throw us all off. Maybe he is the key to it all. Why else would he be the only one to experience it all? Maybe it's like the ending of 30-Something. It's all in his head? (I hope not. I'm counting on a better finale than that!)