The theme of Taylor Swift's 2017 album Reputation could be summed up as — like the snake that she adopted as its mascot — jump-out-at-you vicious. It included Taylor's lucid love tales, a staple of her artistry, but the album's balanced out by more vengeful songs, fueled by dragon fire and anger. It makes sense: As it turns out, Swift was inspired by Game of Thrones, a show known for its trio of dragons, when she crafted Reputation's weaponized aesthetic.
In a new cover story for Entertainment Weekly, the singer elaborated on which songs were inspired by different aspects of the show. Like all of us, she's an expert on the land of Westeros.
But here's the thing: She wasn't watching it from the beginning. She first tuned into it in 2016. "So much of my imagination was spent on Game of Thrones," she said. "At the time, I was making Reputation and I didn't talk about it in interviews, so I didn't reveal that a lot of the songs were influenced by the show." What songs, you ask? "'Look What You Made Me Do' is literally Arya Stark's kill list," she said. "'King Of My Heart' was influenced by Khal Drogo and Daenerys. It's even got this post-hook of drums – I wanted them to sound like Dothraki drums. 'I Did Something Bad' I wrote after Arya and Sansa conspire to kill Littlefinger."
Swift also revealed that the show has influenced her approach to storytelling on her albums and through the use of narrative bread crumbs hidden in her music videos. She was also asked about who she thinks will end up taking the Iron Throne once the coming war for the Seven Kingdoms wraps up. "Daenerys, Arya, or Sansa," she said. "But if I'm being realistic, I think Sansa has the skill set and the ability to delegate and put on a brave face but a stoic demeanor."
Swift is gearing up for her own takeover of the pop kingdom with the imminent release of her mysterious new seventh album. She dropped the first single, "ME!," last month — with it, a colorful, Mary-Poppins-at-Easter kind of video that proves the pastel colors of her youngest years are back and front and center. Read the full story over at EW.