Mormon Reaction to Under the Banner of Heaven: The Lafferty Brothers Are Still Missing. Why Did They Do that In the End?

There’s one last scare in “Under the Banner of Heaven” on FX. Detective Jeb Pyre (Andrew Garfield) risks his life to catch Ron Lafferty (Sam Worthington) and Dan Lafferty (Wyatt Russell) after chasing them from Rockwell, Utah to Reno, Nevada. What follows is a nail-biting chase into the casino’s most sinister recesses, punctuated by one final explosion of violence.

More difficult is the question of whether or not Jeremiah has any allegiance left to the LDS Church. With his upbringing in a pristine church, how do you reconcile the horrific truths he has learned while seeking the murderers of Brenda Wright Lafferty, played by Daisy Edgar-Jones? Will he risk being excommunicated from both his church and family if he leaves? While striving to present a terrible, but the genuine story, the ending of Under the Banner of Heaven deals with these questions.

To tell Brenda Wright Lafferty’s tale, Under the Banner of Heaven is an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s best-selling nonfiction novel. It was 1984 when Ron Lafferty and Dan Lafferty, alias Brenda’s own brothers-in-law, brutally murdered Brenda and her infant daughter Erica for standing up to their increasingly horrific spiral into Mormon extremism. Brenda believed she was doing the right thing when she wrote to church leaders and offered assistance to her in-laws. Indeed, the men’s fury was directed at her and her unborn child.

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Does Under the Banner of Heaven fairly reflect the arrest of Ron and Dan Lafferty for the murder of Brenda and Erica? Additionally, where are Dan and Ron Lafferty now? What’s more, in the last scene of Under the Banner of Heaven, what exactly is going on? The Mormon Church: Is Jeb coming back? Check out our guide to everything you need to know about Under the Banner of Heaven’s last episode.

What Happened to Ron and Dan Lafferty in Under the Banner of Heaven?

Under the Banner of Heaven reaches its climax in the form of a dramatic shootout at the Circus Circus casino in Reno’s downtown district. He locks down the casino when he is sure that Ron Lafferty and Dan Lafferty are hiding there, and begins a terrifying chase through the labyrinthine back rooms. At one point he gets into a fight with the brothers in a bathroom. The killers can only be apprehended once a fight breaks out. Is that actually what happened, though? The book by Jon Krakauer says otherwise.

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Investigators had a long and fruitless search for the brothers before they were apprehended in Reno. After hiding out with a cocktail waitress named Debby (not Sandy), they were well aware that the FBI was closing in. Agents surged into the buffet line as the brothers waited patiently for their breakfasts. In the end, neither Ron nor Dan Lafferty put up a fight and bowed out. To be honest, Dan Lafferty admitted to Jon Krakauer, “I just grinned..” I found it to be enjoyable.”

Ron Lafferty attempted to kill his brother when the Lafferty brothers were arrested, but Dan had agreed to it. It didn’t work at all. During the course of his trial, Ron also tried to commit suicide. Although the brothers did turn on each other, it wasn’t until the Circus Circus arrest that Pyre’s theory came true.

Ron and Dan Lafferty of Under the Banner of Heaven, where are they now?

Even though Brenda Wright Lafferty and her daughter Erica’s murderers were determined to be both brothers, only one of them received the death penalty: Ron Lafferty, the eldest. In Dan’s trial, he said he would put himself to death, and the court took exception to it. He had to explain to the jury why they couldn’t just execute Dan since they thought he had a death wish. As a result, Dan was sentenced to life in prison by two of the twelve jurors (per the book, Under the Banner of Heaven, and recent reports).

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There have been various attempts by attorneys over the years to have Ron’s death sentence overturned. However, in 2019, it was decided that he would be sentenced to death. Before he could be executed by firing squad, Ron died of natural causes.
As a result, Ron is no longer with us, while Dan remains incarcerated.

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When the film Under the Banner of Heaven ends, what exactly does it mean? Is Pyre a departure from Mormonism for Andrew Garfield?

The closer he comes to catching Ron and Dan Lafferty, Detective Pyre loses trust in God. Her suggestion that he should leave her if he doesn’t give a witness about his Mormon beliefs is even more extreme than Rebecca’s. He returns to his family and acts as an ideal Mormon once again after his faith is challenged in “Under the Banner of Heaven.

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” It appears that Bill Taba (Gil Birmingham), Pyre’s partner, will be the one to give him counsel. In spite of his doubts, he’s determined to continue with the Mormon way of life. He joins his wife and girls in prayer, but he doesn’t appear to be really engaged in the experience.

He sees Brenda in Temple when he imagines himself there. After a long journey, Jeb and his mother (Sandra Seacat) arrive at their final destination: a beautiful wooded landscape. She describes the breathtaking surroundings as a miracle and an offering from God. Jeb adds that just being with her is enough for him.

His family, at least, has welcomed him back, though not entirely. In order to keep his family happy, he will adhere to the Mormon faith, even if it means sacrificing his own beliefs. But his actual faith is in those he cares about the most.”