"Somewhere around the middle of each season of The Bachelorette, most of the men on the show go from being 'candidates to marry the lead' to being 'candidates to become the next lead,'" says Andrew Gruttadaro. "Such is the order of events dictated by the natural cycle of Bachelor Nation: Each season must beget another. As a Bachelorette begins to narrow down her choices, it no longer makes sense for the series to continue promoting soon-to-be castoffs as potential suitors; that energy is instead funneled toward setting them up for future seasons, and ensuring the everlasting life of the franchise. There are different ways the Bachelor/ette brain trust pulls this off, but almost always they will edit and frame an ending more like a beginning, either depicting a candidate’s total heartbreak and failed quest for love as unresolved or positioning him or her as a strong-willed victim of bad decision-making—a person who still believes in love and that 'this process can work' despite having just been brutally dumped. If you can picture a contestant’s final moments also being part of a lead’s first moments—that montage that they run every premiere recapping the new Bachelor/ette’s 'journey' to this point—then it’s likely that contestant has gotten a Future Bachelor/ette Edit."