For a show that's about a pregnancy, Season 12 of FX's American Horror Story is sure not giving away a due date.
Of course, part of the season, titled Delicate, has already aired. You know this if you're a fan of anthology horror or just interested in seeing Kim Kardashian in an acting role. What you don't know - what no one knows for that matter - is just when the second part of this season is coming out. But since we're horror fans ourselves over here at Popverse, we decided to look into the matter.
We're going to be honest right up front; we don't know for sure. Neither FX or Hulu have officially confirmed a release date. As recently as November 17. Hulu stated via Twitter that "We don't have any news to share regarding Part 2." But is that going to keep us from speculating?
You bet your creepy caboose it won't.
What's going on with American Horror Story: Delicate?
Before we take a guess as to when the second part will air, let's talk about some thing we know for sure, the first being why it was delayed. That, of course, is the recently ended WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, respectively. After a controversial decision to continue filming after the WGA strike was declared (as reported by Deadline), the series paused filming on July 13, 2023, according to Hidden Remote. Then, on August 15, Deadline reported that FX had announced Delicate's two-part structure, with a release date of September 20.
Alright, now let's get to speculating.
What we know about the first five episodes of American Horror Story: Delicate
Part one of American Horror Story: Delicate consists of five episodes. Thanks to a Variety interview from Kim Kardashian at the 2023 Met Gala, we can confirm that these five episodes began filming in May of this year. With the pause happening mid-July, that gives us two and a half months of filming to create those five episodes. Then, another two and a half months go by between the July pause and September premiere, likely for post-production work. All in all, that's five months between filming five episodes and airing them.
So what does that mean for the second part of American Horror Story: Delicate?
It's not a stretch to assume that those five episodes are exactly one half of American Horror Story Season Twelve. Every season of the show has consisted of ten episodes since 2018, with the exception of Season Nine's nine episodes. So if it's the case that there are five more episodes left in Delicate, we'd guess that there are five months between when filming restarts and when we can watch, meaning the earliest American Horror Story could return is April 2024.
I'll take a moment here to reiterate; though this is based on the show's confirmed production history, we are only speculating. So when asking about the show's next steps, it's important to remember that FX has not officially confirmed any dates for production or release.
All we can offer is a guess, and a promise that as soon as we know when the show will premiere, you our readers will know too.
American Horror Story: Delicate, Part One is streaming on Hulu now.
If you're looking to get into this series but don't know where to start, let Popverse's American Horror Story watch order guide you.