By now, Taylor Swift’s short film All Too Well has emotionally wrecked you and you’re ready for a second (or third or fourth) viewing to discover all the hidden messages the singer pieced into the 15-minute video.
Well, look no further. After watching the emotional rollercoaster starring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink multiple times and scouring the Internet for fan theories, here are all the easter eggs that Glamour found in All Too Well.
O’Brien and Sink’s age difference.
Before we even get into the video itself, Swift made a very deliberate choice while casting the roles in her short film. It’s been a long-held belief by fans that “All Too Well” was written about the singer’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. The pair dated in 2010, when Swift was just turning 21 years old and Gyllenhaal was 30.
Though Swift has never confirmed these rumors, she cast two popular actors who share a similar age difference: The Teen Wolf star is 30 while the Stranger Things actor is just 19 years old.
If the film’s visuals don’t illustrate the age difference enough, the 10-minute version of “All Too Well” off Red (Taylor’s Version) includes additional lyrics like, “And I was never good at telling jokes, but the punchline goes, ‘I’ll get older, but your lovers stay my age,’” as well as, “You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine.”
The red scarf.
Okay, so the scarf is more of an easter egg when referenced in her other works, but it is one of the biggest symbols in the Taylor Swift Cinematic Universe. It’s also another piece of evidence used against Mr. Gyllenhaal. Here’s the lyric: “I left my scarf there at your sister’s house. And you’ve still got it in your drawer even now.”