Taylor Swift's fans know how to look for careful clues and Easter eggs in her lyrics and music videos, so anticipation was high when the pop star dropped a short film going deeper into her romantic life on a fan favorite song.
The 13-minute "All Too Well: The Short Film," did not disappoint. Its release Friday night came soon after Swift debuted her expanded and rerecorded album "Red (Taylor's Version)," which includes a 10-minute extended version of "All Too Well."
Ahead of a fan screening, Swift told The Associated Press that she decided to record a longer version of the song and make a mini-movie because of its popularity with followers.
"This is all about what the fans have turned this song into," Swift said on the red carpet. "It was never a single, never had a video, it never had a visual element to it, but they pretty much created their own imaginary cinematic universe for it, so this is just me following through on what they started and what they told me they wanted."
The superstar directed the "All Too Well" short, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien.
Swift then sang the extended version of "All Too Well" on "Saturday Night Live" while showing part of the short film projected on a screen in the background during her 10-minute performance on "Saturday Night Live." She broke with convention on the show, performing live only once on the episode, which traditionally includes two separate musical numbers. The pop star also had appeared in a Pete Davidson parody video with Please Don't Destroy titled "Three Sad Virgins" earlier in the program.
"Red" is a classic Swift album, with the original 2012 release featuring hits like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "22."
In the movie, Sink and O’Brien play out the fun and romance of a new relationship, problems and hurt feelings creep up, and their eventual breakup.
The new "All Too Well" was a top trending item Friday on Twitter, with fans reveling in the juicy details of the additional lyrics.
Although Swift hasn’t talked about who the song is about, Swiftie sleuths have targeted actor Jake Gyllenhaal as the likely beau who broke her heart years ago.
Swift has been rerecording her first six albums because her original masters were sold by her prior label and she wanted to create new masters that she could own herself. "Red (Taylor’s Version)" was released Friday with an expanded 30 total songs, including duets with Ed Sheeran, Chris Stapleton and Phoebe Bridgers.
With Newsday Staff