Swift performed the number – a highlight of her re-released Taylor’s Version of 2012’s Red – set to the backdrop of her recently released short film of the song starring Teen Wolf heartthrob Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink from Stranger Things.
The 11-time Grammy winner also co-directed the video.
Clocking in at 11 minutes, the performance may have been the longest in the show’s 46-year history.
Swift became the rare SNL musical guest to not return for an encore performance.
Taylor Swift performed a 10-minute version of her 2012 track ‘All Too Well’ on Saturday Night Live
Swift performed with a backdrop of the short film she directed to the song which starred actor Dylan O’Brien
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink (background) also appears in the short film
In the video, O’Brien’s character opts to skip Sink’s 21st birthday, which Gyllenhaal infamously did to Swift in December 2010, which leaves her ‘reeling.’
The show commented on the length of the performance on the proceeding Weekend Update.
‘Well, guys, I think the one lesson we learned this week is never break up with Taylor Swift or she will sing about you for 10 minutes on national television,’ joked co-anchor Colin Jost. ‘At the very least, return the scarf.’
While may Swifties were enraptured, some criticized the length of the performance and the sound quality.
‘This Taylor Swift song is perfect for #SNL because its a great idea that just goes way too long,’ wrote one person on Twitter.
‘All Too Well was all too long, all to repetitive, all too off key. Disappointingly amateur sound from [Taylor]’ said another.
While many Swifties enjoyed the performance, some viewers took to social media to voice their complaints
The new 10-minute version of All Too Well shed some light on how their nine-year age gap played a role in their split.
‘You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine / And that made me want to die,’ sings Swift, who has never officially confirmed that the song is about Gyllenhaal.
The 40-year-old actor reportedly dated the Cardigan singer from October to December 2010. By early 2011, Swift began crafting the emotional track.
Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost cracked a joke about the performance on Weekend Update
Swift also appeared in a music video parody entitled ‘Three Sad Virgins’
In the sketch, Swift joins comedian Pete Davidson who raps about his rise to fame
Swift and Davidson both poke fun at the ‘Please Don’t Destroy’ sketch group in the video
Swift joined host Jonathan Majors and the rest of the cast for the show’s goodnights
Other lyrics featured in the re-recording suggest that the breakup was particularly hard on Taylor.
‘They say all’s well that ends well but I’m in a new hell / Every time you double cross my mind,’ the lyrics read.
Though he may have been opposed to age-gap relationships at the time, Jake has changed his tune over the years.
The Donnie Darko star has been romantically linked to 25-year-old French model Jeanne Cadieu since late 2018, who is 15 years his junior.
Before her first performance, Swift also got involved in a comedy sketch with Pete Davidson titled ‘Three Sad Virgins.’
In the offing: The 31-year-old dropped a new Taylor’s Version of Red with six songs she had written for the first version but decided not to include at the time
On the town: Taylor is pictured attending the Met Gala in New York City on the first Monday in May of 2010 just months before she got together with Jake
New track: A new review of the album in The Sun theorizes that one of the six unearthed numbers, I Bet You Think About Me, is also about Jake; Jake is pictured in October
Davidson starred in a parody music video with the three-man sketch group Please Don’t Destroy, who joined the show at the beginning of the season.
In the video, Davidson raps about his rise to fame before, in a nonsequitir, joking that the three members of the group – Martin Herlihy, John Higgins, and Ben Marshall – are ‘three sad virgins.’
Eventually, Swift joins in on the song and sings about how the three members are ‘gonna die alone.’
Along with the extended version of All Too Well, Taylor’s re-recording of Red includes six other unreleased songs.
A new review of the album in The Sun theorizes that one of the unearthed numbers, I Bet You Think About Me, is also about Jake.
The original version of the album had already contained multiple songs that were widely assumed to be about her breakup with Jake.
The review quotes the song: ‘You can’t help who you fall for, and you and I fell like an early spring snow. But reality crept in, you said we’re too different.’
Her lyrics accuse her unnamed love interest of having ‘laughed at my dreams’ and ‘rolled your eyes at my jokes.’
Taylor, whose ex Jake was by that point known for prestige films like Zodiac and Brokeback Mountain, taunts the subject of her song: ‘Mr. Superior Thinking, do you have all the space that you need?’
The singing sensation adds: ‘I don’t have to be your shrink to know that you’ll never be happy and I bet you think about me.’