Out of the woods, into the new year! Taylor Swift closed out 2015 in grand fashion, premiering the music video for her song "Out of the Woods" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest late Thursday, December 31.
The video, which debuted just a little over an hour before 2016, was directed by Joseph Kahn, who also directed Swift's "Blank Space," "Bad Blood" and "Wildest Dreams" videos.
In it, the pop superstar runs through what appear to be enchanted woods, chased by a pack of wolves who tear at her dress as she struggles to escape. Then, suddenly, she's on top of a snowy mountain, underwater, in a desert, and crawling through mud in the middle of a lightning storm. At the end of the video, she finds a beach, where another version of her is waiting by the shore.
"She lost him. But she found herself. And somehow that was everything."
The 1989 hitmaker, 26, teased the video earlier this week, sharing a still on Wednesday, December 30, of herself covered in mud. She also tweeted a still showing herself underwater in a blue dress, writing, "Are we in the clear yet?"
"Out of the Woods" is the sixth music video from Swift's 1989 album. Cowritten with pal Jack Antonoff, the tune is rumored to be about her ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, who is currently vacationing with Kendall Jenner in the Caribbean.
Speaking about the song in a video from the Grammy Museum back in October, Swift said it was inspired by an anxiety-ridden relationship. "It felt very fragile, it felt very tentative," she said. "And it always felt like, OK, what's the next roadblock? What's the next thing that's gonna deter this?"
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