Early Friday, the pop star with a vendetta and a comeback, Taylor Swift, released her "...Ready For It" music video, the second single from her upcoming album Reputation. So far, the singles from her sixth studio album, which is scheduled for a Nov. 10 release, have been full of the kind of not-so-subtle symbolism, Easter eggs, and passive aggressive messages that music detectives and Swifties love to uncover.
Her latest video takes viewers to a cyberpunk world reminiscent of the movie Blade Runner. Throughout the song, Swift rap-sings about a mysterious "killer," her fantasies with said killer, and — perhaps unsurprisingly — people's attention to her relationships. As a hooded Swift stalks her way through gritty, graffitied halls, she ends up battling a naked cyborg version of herself. Lots of electric bolts ensue. The video’s director, Joseph Kahn, who has teamed up with Swift many times, said on Twitter that he was paying homage to anime and science fiction.
Unlike "Look What You Made Me Do," where Swift shot back at the enemies she's made over the years (Kanye West, Katy Perry, to name a couple), in "...Ready For It?," she returns to familiar territory: waxing poetic about a lover. Sample lyric: "Some boys are tryin' too hard, he don't try at all though / Younger than my exes, but he act like such a man." Her current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, is 26 and younger than Swift's most recent exes, 36-year-old Tom Hiddleston and 33-year-old Calvin Harris.
But the lyrics aren't the only messages she's sending. Here are some of the possible hidden messages the singer has sneaked into her music video.