1. Taylor Swift released the video for “Out of the Woods” on New Year’s Eve, and it’s probably her most dramatic video yet.
2. The track is the latest release from 1989, and the video gives the strongest hint yet that both it and the album is about her relationship with Harry Styles.
But, unlike other releases, this one appears to suggest that she has moved on once and for all – and is ready for everyone else to as well.
4. And also let’s quickly acknowledge that the song makes reference to an accident the pair had on a snowmobile, which led to a hospital visit and him needing stitches. And the fact that around this time, Harry was pictured with a bandaged chin.
6. This is significant because if we rewind to almost exactly three years ago, Taylor wore a very similar (if not the SAME) dress when she and Harry Styles broke up.
On New Year’s Day 2013, the pair travelled to the British Virgin Islands for a holiday together. However, after an “almighty row,” they split up – and a picture of a sad-looking Taylor leaving the island alone on a boat became the symbol of their breakup.
7. And it’s a fact that many fans have picked up on.
9. Then we have the appearance of the paper airplanes necklace, which has been a recurring theme throughout the 1989 releases.
Taylor has in the past revealed that this particular relationship was characterised by fragility and uncertainty. There’s a line in the song, “Your necklace hanging from my neck / The night we couldn’t quite forget / When we decided / To move the furniture so we could dance / Baby, like we stood a chance / Two paper airplanes flying, flying….” The paper airplanes could therefore be a metaphor for this fragile relationship.
13. This relates to the final song on 1989, “Clean”.
This song also uses water as a metaphor for finally getting over a relationship: “Rain came pouring down when I was drowning / That’s when I could finally breathe / And that morning, gone was any trace of you, I think I am finally clean.” Including the water imagery in this video suggests she really is finally clean from this relationship.
14. But things get really interesting when you look at the callbacks to the video for “I Knew You Were Trouble”.
15. “I Knew You Were Trouble” is the song most heavily associated with Harry Styles, not least because she directly quoted the song in a tweet just days after they broke up.
16. The lyrics in “…Trouble” contain numerous references to being dropped and being left on the ground.
“Flew me to places I’d never been / ‘Til you put me down / I knew you were trouble when you walked in / So shame on me now / Flew me to places I’d never been / Now I’m lying on the cold, hard ground.”