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15th Nov 2021

5 things you may have missed from Taylor Swift’s All Too Well short film

Tara Trevaskis Hoskin

Taylor Swift has released her first short film to accompany the re-release of All Too Well, and the hidden clues are endless.

This week Taylor Swift re-released her Red album and it’s already topping the charts.

Taylor is re-releasing her music recorded before 2019 as she does not have the rights to much of this work due to her previous record deal. 

The new album includes all of the original songs re-recorded such as Red, 22 and I Knew You Were Trouble, and also new tracks such as Nothing featuring Phoebe Bridgers, and the much anticipated 10-minute version of All Too Well.

The short film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien, and Taylor herself. It already has a whopping 28 million views.

Taylor has always filled her lyrics with references to her actual life. In Red she sings: “Missing him was dark grey all alone / Forgetting him is like trying to know somebody you’ve never met / But loving him was red.”

Five years later in 2019, she released Daylight with the lyrics; “I once believed love would be (Burning red) / But it’s golden.” 

All Too Well has been widely rumoured to be about Jake Gyllenhaal after the actor and Taylor dated for three months in 2010, when she was 20 years old and Jake was nine years her senior. 

Forever keeping her fans happy, the All Too Well video is also filled with Easter eggs for people to deliberate over and find new meanings – here are five we spotted, some of which you may have not. 

1. The infamous scarf

The first thing fans noticed about this video is the infamous red scarf. In the song, Taylor leaves her scarf at her ex’s house – this is reflected in the film when the ex turns up 13 years later wearing the same scarf. 

In the song, she sings: “But you keep my old scarf from that very first week / ‘Cause it reminds you of innocence / And it smells like me / You can’t get rid of it.”

This rumour hasn’t only existed in her songs either, because for years, Taylor’s fans have been asking Jake where the scarf is, and if he still has it.  Jake’s sister Maggie was once even asked about the infamous scarf in an interview. 

2. The age gap

Jake and Taylor’s relationship has been subject to scrutiny over their age gap at the time.

Swifties were quick to also notice the age difference between the actors in the film, which is the exact same nine years as Taylor and Jake. 

3. The paparazzi shots

There was also a shot of the two characters in the film that was insanely similar to a picture of Jake and Taylor in 2010.

Most fans did not miss this one, but you might have, so here it is again.

4. A new story

The film is  about an author who releases her book titled All Too Well 13 years after her heartbreak.

Perhaps this is a nod to Taylor taking control over the story by re-releasing the song and telling her own story in a new way.

5. A happy ending

Much of the Easter eggs people have found have been quite heartbreaking, but there are some silver linings also hidden in the film.

In her Lover music video, which was released in 2019, Taylor is seen with her lover at her birthday party.

This has come full circle now as in this film, Sadie Sink does not need her boyfriend to show up at the party.