What Is The Meaning Of "End Game"? Taylor Swift's Fans Have Some Ideas

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Taylor Swift's Reputation is arriving in just two days, and there's not a Swiftie in the house who isn't freaking out right now. The singer released the Reputation tracklist on Nov. 7, and it immediately set fans into a frenzy. Swift has already released the singles "Look What You Made Me Do," "...Ready For It?" "Gorgeous," and "Call It What You Want." Now, one song on the tracklist, "End Game," has left fans wondering: What is the meaning of "End Game"? There were rumors before the album dropped that it would be a collaboration between Swift and Ed Sheeran (longtime besties), and now that rumor has been confirmed! Yup, "End Game" features Ed Sheeran and Future, and they're the only artists featured on Reputation. Fans have some theories about what the song could be about.

Personally, my first thought was that it was going to be romantic AF. Think about it: When you say a person is "end game" for you, that means they've been your goal all along — you've always wanted to end up with them. They're "end game" because they're the person you want to be with ~forever~. So a song with that kind of title is bound to be a romantic one. Since Swift has been singing about her boyfriend Joe Alwyn in a bunch of the other songs on Reputation (she hasn't flat-out said she's singing about him, but it's clear she's singing about her relationship and she's been dating Alwyn for a year), this song could be telling us just how freaking serious she is about her relationship with Alwyn. But considering Ed Sheeran and Future are featured on the track, I have a feeling this song is going to be a bit more on the savage side, and fans agree.

Some fans think it will be an extension of "...Ready For It?" since it directly follows it on the album and Swift sings "let the games begin" in the song.

Others think it will be another jab at the media.

And some think it will be the "Blank Space" of Reputation, which basically means they think it will be Swift calling out all the gossip surrounding her.

Others, like me, first thought "End Game" would be about Joe Alwyn.

Her commitment to her relationship with Alwyn was made clear with the song "Call It What You Want," which Swift released on Thursday, Nov. 2.

In the song, Swift sings about going through hard times (likely her beef with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West), feeling the pressure of fame, and just wanting to get away from it all with someone she loves. The "Call It What You Want" lyrics go:

My castle crumbled overnight, I brought a knife to a gunfight, they took the crown but it's alright. All the liars are calling me one, nobody's heard from me in months, I'm doing better than I ever was.
Cause my baby's fit like a daydream, walking with his head down, I'm the one he's walking to. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to. My baby's fly like a jet stream, high above the whole scene, loves me like I'm brand new. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to.
All my flowers grew back as thorns, windows boarded back up after the storm, he built a fire just to keep me warm. All the drama queens taking swings, all the jokers dressing up as kings, they fade to nothing when I look at him.
And I know I make the same mistakes every time, bridges burn, I never learn, at least I did one thing right, I did one thing right. I'm laughing with my lover, making forts under covers, trust him like a brother, yeah you know I did one thing right. Starry eyes sparking up my darkest night.
Cause my baby's fit like a daydream, walking with his head down, I'm the one he's walking to. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to. My baby's fly like a jet stream, high above the whole scene, loves me like I'm brand new. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to.

It was one of the best singles Swift has released leading up to the Reputation drop, and fans love it for its nuanced lyrics and storytelling, calling it a "romantic 'All Too Well.'" We'll just have to wait and see if "End Game" featuring Ed Sheeran and Future is romantic or savage, but something tells me it's the latter.