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Gilmore Girls’s Wild Tribute Brought Reese Witherspoon And Cheryl Strayed To Tears

Book AND movie fans, unite!

Lorelai Gilmore is hardly an outdoorsy person, but Netflix's Gilmore Girls reboot takes her on an adventure that even Rory couldn't have predicted.

Spoilers ahead for A Year in the Life, obviously.

After binge-reading Cheryl Strayed's Wild at the pool all summer, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) decides to hike the Pacific Crest Trail just like the book's main character. She says an abrupt goodbye to Luke Danes (Scott Patterson), hops on a plane, and finds her way to a motel full of fellow Wild fans eager to start their own journeys of self-discovery. Strayed's 2012 memoir was developed into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon in 2014.

On Sunday (November 27), a "gobsmacked and honored" Strayed thanked series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino and the cast for the tribute. "Like so many people, in Lorelai and Rory, I see pieces of myself, my mother, and my daughter," she wrote on Instagram.

Strayed went on to admire the beautiful moment when Lorelai finally reconnects with her mother after her father's death. "That scene when Lorelai wanders behind the closed store near the trail and looks out across the wild landscape then calls her mom? Took my breath away and made me cry. I reached for my daughter's hand and told her someday she'd understand why I was crying. She said, 'I understand already, Mom.'"

Witherspoon, who was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Strayed, also co-signed the scene on Twitter, adding in a #TotesYall hashtag as a reference to the bag made by her brand, Draper James — the same one Lorelai brings to the pool in the "Summer" episode.

Gilmore Girls was never shy about honoring a good read — 339 books were referenced over seven seasons, to be precise — and Wild deserves to be added to that list.