A Taylor Swift fan found an Easter egg in a 2011 music video that foreshadowed her new single ‘Willow’

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There’s a sign that reads ‘Willow’ in Taylor Swift’s ‘Mean’ music video. Big Machine Records
  • A Taylor Swift fan discovered an Easter egg in the singer’s 2011 “Mean” video that seemed to foreshadow “Willow.”
  • “Willow” is the lead single off of “Evermore,” Swift’s latest album.
  • Swift herself liked the fan’s tweet, and several other Twitter users commented with their own interpretations of the clue.
  • The “Willow” music video features a number of Easter eggs that reference the singer’s previous album, “Folklore.”
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Taylor Swift’s latest single, “Willow,” may have been on her mind years before it was even written.

After the release of Swift’s latest album, “Evermore” (stylised as “evermore”), a fan pointed out an Easter egg from her 2011 “Mean” music video that seems to allude to the single.

‘Mean’ has a sign and a lace dress that seem to have ties to ‘Willow’

On Saturday, a Twitter user posted a still from around 56 seconds into Swift’s “Mean” music video that features the word “Willow” in the background.

The tweet also included screenshots of Swift sporting lace dresses in both the “Mean” and “Willow” music videos.

The fan’s tweet was favorited by Swift herself, and fellow Swifties were quick to respond with their own theories on how “Mean” foreshadowed “Willow” almost a decade ago.

One Twitter user joked that the singer must have a time machine that allowed her to put the Easter egg in the video, another was convinced she’s a witch, and a more discerning fan pointed out that Swift probably keeps a list of words and phrases she wants to use in future songs.

Whatever the case, the fact that Swift herself liked the tweet could be a sign that “Willow” was actually on the singer’s mind — one way or another — as far back as 2011.

‘Willow’ is the lead single on ‘Evermore,’ Swift’s ninth studio album

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‘Evermore’ is Taylor Swift’s ninth studio album. Beth Garrabrant/Taylor Swift

Swift surprised her fans with a new album on December 11, announcing its release just one day in advance and dropping the music video for lead single “Willow” at midnight.

Swift described “Evermore” as the sister album to her “Folklore” (stylised as “folklore”) record, which was released in late July.

As she tends to do, Swift included a number of Easter eggs in the “Willow” music video, many of which allude to the themes and stories in “Folklore.”

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Taylor Swift in her cardigan in the music video for ‘Willow.’ Taylor Swift/YouTube

An obvious one is at the very beginning, which picks up right where the video for “Cardigan” left off.

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The thread of gold in the ‘Willow’ music video echoes a lyric in ‘Invisible String.’ Taylor Swift/YouTube

Another one is the thread of gold that we see throughout the clip, a nod to the “Folklore” track “Invisible String.”

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The two kids playing in ‘Willow’ may be a nod to ‘Seven.’ Taylor Swift/YouTube

There’s also a “Folklore” reference in the scene where two kids play with the gold string, which seems to allude to the story of the young best friends in “Seven.”

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