"Jacob's Stabber"
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©2010 Varèse Sarabande and Michael Giacchino

"Jacob's Stabber" is an orchestral piece on the Season 5 soundtrack. It plays as the Man in Black completes his goal and Ben stabs Jacob.

Main appearance

In 2007, Ilana and her group arrive at the statue of Taweret. After Richard answers her question, "What lies in the shadow of the statue?", she shows him the contents of her crate: John Locke's dead body.

Inside the statue, the man impersonating Locke brings Ben to Jacob. Ben explains to Jacob that he has dutifully followed him his entire life, even though Jacob never revealed himself to Ben and never spoke to him. Ben finally asks why Locke gets to talk to Jacob, asking, "What about me?" Jacob calmly replies, "What about you?" and Ben stabs him. Jacob says, "They're coming," and the Locke impostor kicks him into the fire.

In 1977, a dazed Jack gets up and helps Kate pull Sawyer off of the demolished drill.


The piece's first movement ends with Locke's motif. Jacob's theme plays, giving way to the narrative motif, which then blends with Jacob's theme.

An emotional rendition of Ben's theme then culminates in an action variant of the same theme. The piece returns to Jacob's theme. It concludes with a section of the main theme.

Title significance

"Jacob's Stabber" plays on the phrase Jacob's Ladder.