The Unexpected Stall: A Curious Case for Fans
You’ve probably heard it through the grapevine: the first part of the 12th season of “American Horror Story” titled “Delicate” is done and dusted. Yet, something feels strange—rather than continuing its hair-raising horror week after week, the show has come to a standstill, leaving fans puzzled. Unlike Season 10, which maintained its usual cadence between the two arcs, Season 12 finds itself in an unfamiliar abyss. So, what gives? Why this abrupt pause?
“American Horror Story season 12 sits in uncharted territory.”
The Reason Isn’t What You Think: It’s Not Marketing, It’s Not Strategy
If you’re assuming this hiatus is a strategic pause to build suspense or a result of the season covering disparate stories—think again. This break in programming is, unfortunately, non-negotiable.
“Splitting this season into two parts wasn’t for marketing reasons or because two different stories were being told; it was just simply unavoidable.”
With an influx of new blood in the form of franchise newcomers, the show seemed to be riding high, rejuvenating its narrative in ways fans applauded. But then came this stonewalling delay, raising questions and possibly stunting its reinvigorated momentum.
“Yet this delay could halt its momentum, making the hiatus even more frustrating.”
A Date, Kinda? ‘Delicate’ Part 2 Will Return, But When?
Ah, the million-dollar question! “American Horror Story: Delicate” won’t grace your screens in 2023, that’s for sure. Part 2 of the terror-fueled narrative will be a tale for 2024, according to Variety.
“While part one of American Horror Story: Delicate has wrapped up with two months remaining in 2023, the second part won’t be released until 2024.”
However, and it’s a sizable however, there’s no specific month in sight. Could the absence stretch a full calendar year? It’s not out of the question, and therein lies the concern. Wait too long, and you risk not just dissipating the anticipation but also alienating your audience.
The Unseen Obstacle: SAG-AFTRA Strike Throws a Wrench into the Works
Forget suspense-building or story arcs; the core reason for the season’s bifurcation is the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike. This labor dispute has brought filming to a screeching halt. While there were initial signs of progress, it seems we’ve reached an impasse again.
“The reason American Horror Story: Delicate’s hiatus may be long isn’t down to strategy, but rather the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.”
Now, the potential resumption of “American Horror Story: Delicate” is tangled up in a larger industry quagmire. The series, which took a gamble with its 12th iteration, now faces an uncertain future due to external factors.
“American Horror Story’s 12th season was already a big risk for the franchise, and this hiatus certainly hasn’t helped its chances of performing to its full potential.”
Looking Ahead: A Glimmer of Hope or a Fading Light?
Could the fog lift by early to mid-2024? Maybe. But the delay could also stretch into late 2024 or beyond. It’s as much in the air as the eerie mysteries that “American Horror Story” loves to unfurl. Only time will tell if the second part of ‘Delicate’ will emerge from the shadows to continue its unsettling tale.