Why the Winder Family Didn't Return for Seeking Sister Wife Season 4

Seeking Sister Wife fans were saddened to find out that the Winder family wouldn’t be returning for season 4 of the TLC series, after appearing on seasons 2 and 3 of the show. Many fans believed that the Winders (Colton, Tami, and Sophie Winder) were one of the most authentic plural marriages featured on the show, and represented polygamy in the best way. Unlike some co-stars, including the Snowdens and Merrifields, who are scandal-prone Seeking Sister Wife families, the Winders appeared to be wholesome and down-to-earth. This is why many fans were shocked when the family announced that they would not be returning for season 4. Here is why the fan-favorite Winders have not returned to the hit series.


The Winders were introduced to TLC audiences on Seeking Sister Wife season 2, as Colton and his first wife, Tami, welcomed a new sister wife, Sophie, into their family. When they first appeared in Seeking Sister Wife season 2, the wives were living in different homes, and trying to find the best way to merge their families. One thing that set the Winders apart from most of the show's couples was the fact that they all grew up around Seeking Sister Wife-style plural marriages. Therefore, they seemed to have a better understanding of what it takes to make a relationship featuring more than two people work. While their marriage wasn’t perfect, Tami and Sophie seemed to be leaps and bounds ahead of their other "sister wife" counterparts, in terms of the way that they handled their expanding family. Instead of fighting and getting jealous, Sophie and Tami viewed each other as partners, and actively worked to make their relationship stronger for their family.

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By the time Seeking Sister Wife season 3 came around, the Winders were ready to expand their family again, Sophie was now pregnant, and the family had started courting a new potential sister wife, Kimberley Greene. Kimberley was from North Carolina, and had traveled to Utah to visit Colton, Tami, and Sophie. Unfortunately, the chemistry between Kimberley and Colton just wasn’t there, and they would end their courtship shortly after her visit. It was during this season that Seeking Sister Wife fans noticed the Winder family getting less screen time on the show, which made them worry about the family’s future on the series. When the clan announced the end of their stint before the season 3 finale, a lot of fans believed that the Winders had officially quit the show. However, Colton quickly denied those rumors, which put fans at ease.

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However, shortly after confirming that their family had not quit the show, The Winders shared a statement on their Winder Family Instagram, announcing that they would not be a part of Seeking Sister Wife season 4. “As some of you have seen, we won’t be back for season 4 of Seeking Sister Wife,” the family's message read. “It makes sense to us why we weren’t picked back up, as we’ve seen the show is taking a different path. We wish the other families well, and we’re grateful to TLC for the opportunity we had to tell our story, and we’ll continue to tell our story on our social media, faithfully, and honestly.” From the looks of it, it appears that Seeking Sister Wife producers no longer saw the Winders' laid-back and unproblematic polygamist lifestyle as a good fit for the show, opting to bring in a more controversial cast, including the Davis and Epps families.

While they might not be on the series anymore, the Winder family has continued to share updates with fans, after their time on Seeking Sister Wife season 3. The family is still residing in Utah, where they raise their three children, Sadie, Ephraim, and Isabella Winder. When they’re not on mommy duty, Tami and Sophie are hosting their podcast, "The Winder Wives," where they give more insight into their relationship, and how they navigate their plural marriage.

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