Originally Posted by BroncoBuff
That's right, in the cab they shared.
I dunno what I think of this Jacob ... especially that he's seeking out the 815 people before the flight
I'm a HUGE believer in free will and determination, I hate sayings like "if it's meant to be," or "if it's God's will," etc ... I hate the idea of pre-determination narratives, in real life or on TV. It robs us of free will.
Jacob did seem to be in support of free will when he met Hurley ("it's your choice") and even before Ben killed him ("you can choose to do this or not"). So, Buff, I think there may still be some free will at play here.
Another part worth noting is a couple episodes back when Farraday said his calculation (which initially said you can't change the future) had left out one variable: the human element. Humans are the wildcard, and the can often change their minds (i.e. free will), changing things.
I believe that is a crucial theme from here on out. We saw it dramatically in this finale with Juliette suddenly changing positions on the whole let-Jack-set-off-a-hydrogen-bomb thing. That changed everything, and I believe she did change the course of history at the very end by setting it off.
On an unrelated note, I think a large portion of the last season will be devoted to showing just how this chess game of sorts was played out between Jacob and his Enemy. Right before killing Jacob, Enemy/Locke tells him "you have no idea how much I did to get to this point," which implies much of the show has been a setup by this guy to get to Jacob.
Jacob, though, seems at peace at the end and says "they're coming" which seems to piss off Enemy/Locke, as though Jacob has been putting his pieces in place all along as well. As seen through the constant black and white symbolism (remember all the backgammon with Locke and Walt early on?), I think our castaways have been the pawns in the middle of a battle between a couple gods/higher beings.