In the moderately short development to Jeffs’ climb to control inside his congregation/clique, he’s exhibited as the underachieving child of a capable father (Martin Landau, in an as well concise cameo) who isn’t viewed as fit to fill father’s polygamous shoes. His dad likewise cautions Warren to be careful the outside world. “They abhor us,” he says. “They believe we’re monstrosities and sick people.”
Before sufficiently long, father has kicked the bucket, permitting Warren to seize control and ban those he sees as a risk (reflecting the anecdotal portrayal of these gatherings in “Huge Love”) while building his own particular collection of mistresses of wives with the support of life partner No. 1 (an under-utilized Molly Parker).