Taylor Swift is dead. Long live Taylor Swift.
The superstar, who is no stranger to controversy, criticism and millions of people gossiping about her every move, recently released her newest single and accompanying video. Titled "Look What You Made Me Do," it, like many of Swift's songs, appears to be filled with autobiographical anecdotes. The video is, seemingly, full of references and potential digs at fellow celebrities.
There are so many of these, in fact, that it can be hard to keep track of them all. And whether you're a fan of Swift's music, you should know her latest video has racked up more than 31 million views on YouTube within 24 hours of its release. We're not a T-Swift encyclopedia, but we figured you might be curious about at least the most blatant allusions in the video.
So here's your "Look What You made Me Do" primer.
"Here Lies Taylor Swift's Reputation"
OK, look, not all of Swift's "hidden messages" are all that hidden. The symbolism behind a headstone that reads "Here Lies Taylor Swift's Reputation" is pretty blatant.
The zombified Taylor Swift crawling out of that grave, clearly hungry for redemption and/or brains, also seems pretty clear.
Later in the video, Swift says to someone on the other end of a phone call, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Because she's dead."
One headstone you might have missed, though, has the name "Nils Sjöberg." That's the pseudonym Swift used when she wrote then-boyfriend Calvin Harris' song "This Is What You Came For." No past persona is safe from death, apparently.
Kanye's tilted stage
One of the first lines in the song reads, "I don't like your tilted stage." This could be a reference to the suspended, tilted stage Kanye used while on tour in 2016 (including at a Dallas show).
Kanye and T-Swift, if you haven't heard, have some beef. They've been feuding off and on since 2009, when Kanye ran onto the stage at the VMA's while Swift was accepting an award. It was the infamous "Imma let you finish" moment.
This is far from the only alleged reference to Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian. According to TMZ, the couple says they don't care and that Taylor is just feuding with herself at this point.
That bathtub full of diamonds = a Kim robbery reference?
This one might be the shakiest of the alleged references. Following the graveyard scene, the "LWYMMD" video cuts to a shot of Swift in a bathtub full of diamonds. During one line, she makes a gun firing gesture with her hand.
Others, like Bustle, have argued that this is too much of a stretch and that Swift, while sometimes "vengeful, immature, and petty," is also not "cruel." The coincidence in imagery might be unfortunate rather than intentional.
All those freakin' snakes
This one might also be a bit of a stretch, but anything is possible.
After it came out that Swift misrepresented (or, according to some, flat out lied about) Kanye's inclusion of a reference to her in his song "Famous," many people online started referring to Swift as a snake.
Thus, snakes. Lots of them. In a mansion. Crawling all over Swift's arm. OK, Mrs. Voldemort.
Katy Perry and her lack of a Grammy
Then we cut to Swift looking, let's say, a lot like Katy Perry. If you had any doubt that this was a reference to the rival pop star, though, Swift is driving a Maserati down a dead-end street (like a line from her song "Red"). She gets in a wreck and emerges holding a Grammy award.
The significance? Perry has never won a Grammy. Swift has.
Like Kim and Kanye, T-Swift's long feud with Perry requires more words to explain than I have space for here. Time has a timeline for you.
Ripping off Beyonce?
A lot of Beyonce fans are crying foul because they feel that Swift is ripping off the Queen Bey's look and moves. We have to admit, that twirl of the baseball bat looks pretty familiar.
For his part, the director of the music video, who says he has worked with Beyonce in the past, denies the accusation.
Bye to the old T-Swift(s)
In the end, Swift's biggest feud of all might be with herself.
At the end of the video, more than a dozen versions of Swift take a bow. The gang's all here: Innocent country star Swift, "shocked face" Swift, ballerina Swift and so on.
It feels like the weirdest version of a Doctor Who special in which the Doctor meets some of his past selves. (Is that a reference most Swift fans will get? Surely some of those millions watch British sci-fi, right?)
The scene circles back around to the idea that Swift's old selves are dead and buried, and a new one is emerging. Versions of herself seem to hate each other, saying things like, "Stop making that surprised face. It's so annoying."
Every Swift clone yells VMA Acceptance Speech Swift to shut up after she says, "I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative," which, again, is something she said in relation to the ongoing Kanye-Kim feud.
The contradiction, of course, is that while she keeps talking about killing her old self and moving on from controversy, she keeps bringing up the controversy. You might need a better battle plan, T-Swift.
BONUS: A Texas-sized cameo
You might have missed him if you were too focused on Taylor's moves during your first watch, but Plainview-raised Texan Todrick Hall has a prominent dance role in a section of "Look What You Made Me Do."
Swift and Hall are longtime friends. He previously participated in her epic mannequin challenge (which, sadly, has been purged from her Instagram account) last year. In an interview with KTLA5, Hall says, "Taylor is my friend and she asked me to be a part of [the video], and I would never decline such an amazing offer, so I said 'I'll be there.'"
Correction on Aug. 28 at 4:45 p.m.: An earlier version of this story claimed that the song "Red" was by Katy Perry. The song is by Taylor Swift.