Believe it or not, it hasn’t even been a week since Taylor Swift released the most-analyzed music video maybe ever for her new song, “Look What You Made Me Do.” From interpreting the hidden Easter eggs to dissecting the title of the song itself, the Internet has been buzzing with hot takes on it. Although it seems like the analysis from Swifties could go on forever, one new and intriguing fan theory might just change how you see the whole song.
One of the most iconic—and, to some, cheesy—lines of the song is when Taylor pauses from her poppy, beat-heavy chorus to record a new voicemail message. You know it by now:
Given the music video literally starts with zombie Taylor rising out of a grave, we took this to mean that the Taylor Swift persona we all knew had died. More specifically, that the real Taylor killed off all those old versions of herself (remember the scene in the music video with the pyramid of former-era Swifts?) and had created a new Taylor in their absence. We thought Taylor had gone dark—and maybe she has in some ways—but this theory suggests that maybe Taylor is just acknowledging yet another joke people made at her expense.
If you remember last summer, after Kim Kardashian Snapchatted the video of Kanye and Taylor talking about that infamous ‘Famous’ line on the phone, the Internet was up in flames, half of it declaring a #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty.
Then photos of this mural in Australia surfaced:
People–justifiably—freaked out. (That’s what happens when memes come outside of the Internet into the real world.)
But now Taylor’s super-sleuthing fans have put it together that perhaps the “‘Cause she’s dead” line is actually an acknowledgement of this joke. Check it out:
This theory totally makes sense, considering Taylor spends nearly a minute at the end of the LWYMMD video addressing and poking fun at nearly every attack that’s been hurled at her. She’s listening, y’all. And T-Swift always has the last word. Even when it’s acknowledging that millions of people declared her—and her career—dead and buried.
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