Originally Posted by Brother Desmond
I'm assuming that Ben decided he wanted to murder Penny once Alex was murdered. Even though Ben was obligated to turn the wheel, and it was emotionally difficult for him, anyone else think part of him wanted to turn it, so that he could begin his mission?
Yes, without a doubt. Ben knew he could get his revenge against Widmore while on the mainland. I am sure he was planning that the moment Alex was killed. This "banishment" gives him the time it will take.
Suppose the "hit list" he gave Syaid are names from Widmore's organization? People in Widmore's confidence when he was looking for the island. He had to have a few trusted confidants helping him arrange things. Maybe he can't find Penny just yet. Further revenge. Besides, piecing it together, we have Ben showing up in Widmore's bedroom in England after he had turned the wheel and took care of business in Tunisia. He set Syaid up for the hit list when he was there first. Next, onward to visit Charles. See the plan? Could Penny be the Economist on the hit list?
So far, we know that Penny is with Des on the open sea and might just want to stay as far away from Charles "Daddy" Widmore as possible considering his hate of Des.