While we’re all speculating who Taylor Swift is singing about in her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” (listen here), let’s add another theory: The song is an ode to Arya Stark on Game of Thrones.
Here’s the lyrical evidence:
TS: “I don’t like your little games / Don’t like your tilted stage / The role you made me play / Of the fool, no, I don’t like you…”
This reminds us of season 6 when Arya was watching the theater troupe in Braavos who re-told key events from the show and made her family look foolish…
“But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time…”
Well, that’s certainly true of Arya!
“Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time…”
Arya has narrowly avoided death many times, including last season’s near-fatal wounding…
“I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined. I check it once, then I check it twice, oh!”
Of course, Arya famously has a list of names she wants to kill, so that fits…
“I don’t like your kingdom keys / They once belonged to me…”
The Starks did indeed have plenty of power in the Seven Kingdoms — and then Arya was on the run for six seasons….
“You ask me for a place to sleep / Locked me out and threw a feast…”
A feast? Why that must refer to The Red Wedding at the Twins! Arya was indeed kept out and was unable to come inside — luckily for her.
“I’ll be the actress, starring in your bad dreams / I don’t trust nobody and nobody trusts me…”
Then Arya got revenge for The Red Wedding by being an actress — pretending to be a Twins servant girl, and then later Walder Frey himself….
“I’m sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now / Why? / Oh ’cause she’s dead!”
As we’ve seen this season as Arya has returned to Winterfell, her old self is largely gone. As was metaphorically foreshadowed when she stumbled across her former direwolf Nymeria.
“Ooh, look what you made me do / Look what you made me do…”
Swift’s chorus could be seen as a reflection of Arya’s entire storyline — Arya didn’t want this life, but murderous forces beyond her control turned her into a lethal assassin to survive. Now she’s killing foes left and right — look what you made her do!
So there you have it. Proof positive that Taylor Swift’s new single is about a Game of Thrones character. And if it’s not, well, fine — it’s about dissing Katy Perry, Kanye West or Kim Kardashian or something, but is that really more fun?
Here’s my other pet theory given all of Swift’s rebranding going on. Maybe her song isn’t about Arya Stark, or an ex-lover, or a pop rival, or “No One.” Perhaps the “you” she’s addressing is herself — her former self that the song is now declaring dead. But that’s a whole other analysis piece.
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