The Big Little Lies star will appear a Season 6 episode, Mindy star/creator Mindy Kaling revealed Tuesday via Instagram.
In the caption to her post, Kaling likely refers to working with Witherspoon on A Wrinkle in Time, the movie adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s novel, which is slated for release in March.
Wreath Witherspoon tweeted a photo later in the day; from that post, we know that she’ll show up in Episode 7.
It’s unclear what’s happening in the photos Kaling posted to social media, but here’s our theory: Mindy, whom Kaling has already stated will be divorced from new husband Ben in the upcoming season, goes on a Lorelai Gilmore-inspired Wild hiking trip and winds up lost, delirious from hunger and sheltering in a cave, where she has a vision of the effervescent Witherspoon (who, herself, played Wild author Cheryl Strayed, in the 2014 movie of that book). It’s not so far from plausible, given that Mindy will have a lot to think about in the series’ final run of episodes: As previously reported, Chris Messina will return as Danny for multiple episodes.
“We aren’t super interested in [tying everything up in a bow],” Kaling has said of the series finale. “We’re trying to avoid [that], while also leaving the audience with the sense that [Mindy] had some growth.”
Check out the photo above, then hit the comments: What are your thoughts on Witherspoon’s Mindy stint?