I understand when John met The Elder in the middle of the desert, he wanted to find a way for redemption and relive his memories of his wife. I don’t understand why he was asked to kill Winston of all the people? Back in New York he is just serving a 7 day trial to explain the consequences or be replaced by a new in-charge for the Continental.
Did both adjudicator and the Elder decide already to kill Winston for the events from the past irrespective of this 7 day trial? Are we to understand that the Elder has communicated to the adjudicator of his command to let John kill Winston and the latter should oversee this happening? If this is the case when John arrives at New York back from Casablanca why did the adjudicator ask the Asian assassins to kill/chase him before he reaches the Continental?