EA: I love when people use "allegedly." OK, but here's the thing — if you're a non-Swiftie, then you're maybe not familiar with her habit of Easter egg-dropping. For example, when when Red came out, in the liner notes, I think the big hint that she put out about "All Too Well" was the words "maple latte," because she was photographed holding a maple latte with Jake Gyllenhaal as they were walking. So, it's not alleged.
But I think more importantly, "All Too Well" is a song that Taylor has always believed in and the fandom took it and picked it up in a way that they haven't done with ther songs. I think the fans were very protective of "All Too Well." It's this legendary song. It's the Track Five for Red, which, again, if you're not familiar with the Swift lore, Track Five is where she puts the emotional core of each of her albums. And it's a song where, the minute that it came out, people were like, "Oh my god, this is one of the most heartbreaking songs that she's ever recorded." Critics love that song. It's widely sort of considered to be her best song of all time, and its original runtime is like five minutes.
So it's already this epic journey, but because it's so beloved, there's always been all this lore and information around it. And one of the pieces of information that has been floating around out there in the Swiftverse is that it was 10 minutes by the time she was done writing it. There were a few additional verses and she cut it down for the version that we know and love, for the one that became sort of legendary. So it was always a question in the Swift fandom like, "Oh, what could possibly be in this 10-minute version? And what does that actually look like?" And with the Red rerelease, we got to hear it, and it goes into a lot more detail than we could have possibly asked for or imagined.