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This week's mythos-heavy episode of Lost left fans with — you guessed it — more questions than answers. With just two episodes remaining before we find whether the show's mysteries will ever be explained or if its producers have just been messing with us, we tracked down Jacob himself, Mark Pellegrino. He talks about who's good, who's bad, the father of Jacob and the man/boy in black (Titus Welliver), and whether any of it matters.
TVGuide.com: Last night's Lost was quite the head scratcher.
Pellegrino: I've been hearing that. I've been hearing quite a bit about that. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: A lot of fans griped after the episode because they still felt confused about the mythology. Will there be more explanation in the last few episodes?
Pellegrino: There will be. There will be some ends tied, but I can't guarantee that for everyone. People have been debating the meaning of the show and the various subplots for years, and I wonder if all of the questions are going to be answered. That's a tall order, but I think many people will be satisfied.
TVGuide.com: All along we thought Jacob was a good guy, but he's not as good as we thought.
Pellegrino: On a certain level, the line between good and evil has an indistinctive blurring. I think there's a lot of crossover in the show. That doesn't necessarily mean that I'm not good, though. Things will become clearer in the next episode, definitely. I think you'll make up your mind one way or the other for sure, but it's not going to be clean and pristine. You'll definitely come down on one side or the other.
TVGuide.com: How did Jacob go from a mama's boy to a man of confidence?
Pellegrino: I think there's a transformation that takes place when my mother gives me the wine. It opens certain doors for me. I think living for almost 2000 years — just the simple act of living, thinking and turning over ideas — can lead, hopefully, to a kind of wisdom.
TVGuide.com: Why can Jacob leave the island, as he's done to visit his candidates, but the Man in Black cannot?
Pellegrino: This is a question that I've wondered about myself actually. I don't think the answer is directly provided in any episode, but it could be the fact that I'm a guardian of sorts and therefore have a certain power to exit when I want to. He can leave as long as it's directly for a certain purpose. After I threw the Man in Black in the pit, he's chained there. He's become incorporeal, and he's in something worse than hell.
TVGuide.com: Does the Man in Black still view Jacob as a brother?
Pellegrino: I think he does. There's still that brotherly bond between the two of them. Even though The Man in Black has changed dramatically and he's gone from loving me to wanting me dead, there's still that bond between us.
TVGuide.com: Who's their daddy and does it matter?
Pellegrino: Some Roman, I imagine. Does it matter? No, I think in the end, no. I like to think that my daddy is Marcus Aurelius.
TVGuide.com: I'm sure you can't say who takes Jacob's place as the guardian of the island, but can you say whether someone will actually take up the position?
Pellegrino: That remains to be seen.
TVGuide.com: Will we see Jacob again before the end of the series?
Pellegrino: You will be seeing me some more, yes.
Who's side are you on: Jacob or the Man in Black's?