Watch Taylor Swift's '...Ready for It?' Video (And Don't Miss Those Hidden Messages)
Taylor Swift fans have a reason to celebrate!
After releasing her new single, "Gorgeous," last Friday, Oct. 20, T-Swift has just released the music video of "...Ready For It?" from her upcoming sixth studio album Reputation, which arrives on Nov. 10.
The CGI-heavy music video, which dropped at midnight on Friday, Oct. 27, seems to have taken inspiration from futuristic, sci-fi films like Tron, Blade Runner, and Ex-Machina.
The video shows Swift wearing a black-hooded outfit as she walks through a futuristic alley and crosses paths with militaristic-looking robots until she reaches a warehouse, where she finds a cyborg version of herself inside a glass box that reminds us of Scarlett Johansson from the anime-inspired film, Ghost in the Shell.
Cyborg Taylor is then completely covered in body armor and her left arm equipped with a large blade that shoots lightning bolts. She then takes on different forms in a bid to escape from the force field-protected enclosure and finally blasts through the wall, as it is revealed that the original Swift has a machine interior. The video ends with a scene that shows Swift standing on a platform that reads, "They're Burning All the Witches."
The music video, which is directed by Swift's frequent collaborator Joseph Kahn, also contains some hidden messages that could confirm some popular fan theories.
The opening scenes of the video show the numbers 89 and 91 sketched in graffiti on a wall in the background. While 89 could be a nod to her birth year and album title, 91 appears to be a nod to Swift's boyfriend, Joe Alwyn's year of birth.
Right before entering the warehouse, Swift punches the numbers 21 into the keypad, which is Alwyn's birthdate (Feb. 21).
Swift appears to make another reference to her beau at 0:28 with the name "Joseph" written in Chinese calligraphy. Although, that could be intended for Kahn.
Swift is back with the snake references! The popstar sneaked in some Chinese calligraphy that means "Year of the Snake" as she navigates through the alley at 0:22.
For the uninitiated, Swift has been using the image of a snake to promote her recent music, most notably, in "Look What You Made Me Do," where she used a CGI snake. The singer has also been selling snake rings and a black hoodie with a snake design in support of her forthcoming album.
Fans can't help but wonder if this has anything to do with her feud with Kim Kardashian, The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star banned followers from using the snake emoji on her Instagram shortly after the release of "Look What You Made Me Do."
Swift can be seen wielding lightning as a cyborg, which could be to jog everyone's memory about her collaboration with ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris for the 2016 hit single featuring Rihanna, "This Is What You Came For." The track's cover art also featured a strike of lightning as well as the line, "lightning strikes every time you move." Swift and the DJ / music producer penned the tune together, but she was originally credited under the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg.
Watch the full music video below: