Update: Totally wrong and pretty embarrassing now that we know both characters.

One of the greatest mysteries of the show is what or who is Jacob.  He appears to have a great deal of power, and lets face it, he freaks most of us out.  I believed that the odds are high that Jacob was once a human and that we’ve already seen him on the show previously.  At some point, once Jacob is fully revealed, we’ll shake our heads at how dumb we’ve been.  So let’s try to avoid that.  Let’s choose the obvious person.

In my opinion the obvious person is Horace Goodspeed.  There are many reasons why I believe Horace is Jacob:

-Horace was introduced in the same episode that we first met Jacob (The Man Behind the Curtain).

-Horace is also involved in the third episode in which Jacob is primarily involved (Cabin Fever).

-There is no doubt that Horace is very important, Darlton has even said that in the commentary of that same episode.

-Horace built the cabin that Jacob is currently living in.

-Also since the actor playing him (Doug Hutchison) is moderately successful, I find it easy to believe that there are big plans for the character.

-Horace looks just like Jacob.  We’ve only barely seen a glimpse of Jacob but in my opinion they look very similar.  Same hair, chin, forehead, nose eyes, and eyebrows.  The hair and the eyebrows were enough for me to be convinced.

-Horace appeared in a vision to Locke when he was trying to find Jacob’s cabin.  Obviously Jacob favors Locke, hence the “Help me” in season 3, so you can see why he would reveal his true form to Locke.

-Horace told Locke in that same vision: “You gotta find me, John. You gotta find me. And when you do, you’ll find him” (meaning Jacob).  Uh that’s about as obvious as it can get.

-Horace was a kind of father figure for Ben while he was growing up on the island.  Whereas Jacob was a kind of guiding force for Ben while he was an adult.

-Ben showed respect to Horace after the Purge, when he closed Horace’s still open eyes.  This could imply that either Horace was in on the plan and let himself die or Ben just held a lot of respect for him.

I still have no idea of how Horace became Jacob.  Or why he would change his name to Jacob.  Those are two theories in and of themselves, and I’ll try to think of those later.

Original post.

– Izi

13 Responses to “Jacob is Horace Goodspeed”

  1. September 3, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    “Or why he would change his name to Jacob. Those are two theories in and of themselves, and I’ll try to think of those later.”

    Hell, Ben was known as Henry Gale at first, from the Wizard Of Oz so names to me really don’t measure in the thick of things. Sawyer also has a different name. And Kate, how many names did she have?

    As for who is Jacob, yes, thought the same, that Horace was Jacob, from the conversation he and Locke were having.

  2. 2 Val
    December 30, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    I am convinced that Jacob is Jack’s Grandfather – who will be played by Raymond J Barry.

  3. 3 breakall
    March 9, 2009 at 4:22 am


    I’m french, so sorry for my english.
    I see the 5th saison ( 8 th story) and i think that jacob is Horace’s son.

  4. 4 riddlej
    March 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry breakall… Horace’s son is Ethan.

  5. 5 michelle
    May 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    In the Bonus Features of the Season 4 DVDs, they show that it was one of the crew members on the set (I think it was a propmaster) who was used for the fleeting image of Jacob in the cabin. I don’t know if he was chosen because of a similarity in appearance to Horace but the crewperson and Doug Hutchinson look nothing alike.

  6. 6 Pedro Etchepare
    May 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Has anyone noticed that Horace never grows old. Wether is 1974, 1977 or 1992, the same face, only the hair changes. Its odd, could be that the island chose him to be Jacob, the island’s human bridge, but at the same time a slave. So he wants out, to be at peace, that’s why he wants Locke, for him to take his place, for him to “help” getting off his duty towards the island. Locke is going to be the next Jacob, that’s for sure. The difference is that he WANTS the job, Horace Goodspeed never did.

  7. 7 Joe S
    June 21, 2011 at 4:19 am

    The whole way ppl worked so hard to come up with theories to explain Lost, whilst all the time the screenwriters were just making it up as they go along, is simultaneously pretty funny and totally tragic 😉

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