Colton Winder is gone.
But he hopes not to forget.
As previously reported, Seeking Sister Wife Season 4 started this past Monday, but it did so without some familiar faces:
Those are Colton Winder, Tami Winder and Sophie Winder.
In fact, when Daniel and Garrick Maryfield returned for the new episode – and the same could be said for Sidian and Tosha Jones – Colton and Company were not asked to return.
The polygamous family got it right in April, when TLC confirmed Season 4 cast members.
“As some of you have seen, we won’t be back in Season 4 of Seeking Sister Wife,” Winder wrote on Instagram at the time, adding:
“It’s understandable to us why we weren’t picked up again, because we saw the show take a different path.”
Continued Colton and his wives:
“We wish other families well, and we are grateful to TLC for the opportunity to tell our stories, and we will continue to tell our stories on our social media, faithfully and honestly.”
“Thanks to everyone who followed and supported us and who continues!”
The Wonders Seeking Sister Wife appeared in Season 2 and Season 3.
Their absence came as a shock to the Winder Family spinoff, when Colton surprised some followers by sharing a new and lengthy statement online the day after the Season 4 premiere.
The plural marriage lawyer writes:
“I hope, when all is said and done, that our legacy in finding Sister Wife will be that plural marriage can be a beautiful relationship living with a higher purpose, one that can be full of love, growth and progress for both men and women. “
Of course, we guess. Maybe.
We’re not sure if polygamy really does catch on – but we can safely say that Colton is a better incarnation of the system than anyone like Cody Brown.
“It’s a sacred relationship for us,” Colton continued.
“While we do not necessarily want to inspire anyone else to live like us, I hope that as we have portrayed at least the consent of adults, it should not be criminal.
“That’s the only reason we chose to accept the invitation to come on television, when it was offered. I know there are a lot of people who think we, our relationships and our religion are supernatural.”
“Our experience with television has shown us, and strengthened us, that we cannot be true to ourselves if we appeal to everyone.”
In response to his latest message, fans flocked to Colton’s Instagram page to appreciate how he handled the whole situation.
“I loved watching ‘Normal’ and I loved watching Colton … the only person on the show who I think wasn’t there just for sex,” wrote one fan, for example.
“You had the only loving working family on the show – drama free because they probably didn’t get you back which is sad.”