What happens when your conscience is over-ridden by your orders? Is it better to simply do as your told, even when you find the actions abhorrent? And if you do, despite your better judgment, what kind of consequences will follow, if any?
In The Long Walk, a young cavalryman gets assigned the duty of escorting some particularly violent prisoners to their place of execution. The manner planned for the deaths of the condemned is particularly horrible, but no one questions their actions or orders until it’s far too late. Honor doesn’t supersede duty in the unforgiving desert, and the results are severe.
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