Stephen King Hails AHS: Delicate Exactly for What Fans Despise About It
The king of horror appears to love American Horror Story: Delicate, but why are fans feeling betrayed?
American Horror Story: Delicate, the twelfth season of the famous horror anthology, stands out as it's inspired by Danielle Valentine's 2023 novel, Delicate Condition.
The season kicked off on September 20, 2023, with a mix of familiar faces and newbies. It was planned as a two-parter, but the second half's release got put on hold for a while because of the 2023 Writers Guild of America and SAG-AFTRA strikes.
Despite these challenges, the first block of five episodes has been aired. However, not all the fans are happy with the creators’ decision to split the season in two. Even Stephen King himself couldn't convince them.
What is Stephen King's Teasing Tweet About?
Renowned author Stephen King recently shared his thoughts on the latest season of American Horror Story. In his tweet, King expressed his feelings with a hint of intrigue, saying that the first half of the season left him hanging.
It’s cool that literary giant King appreciated the season, given that the show had previously paid homage to his works in various seasons. However, despite King's intriguing take, fans on Reddit have voiced quite different opinions.
Why Was AHS’ Decision to Split the Season Wrong?
Many fans are frustrated with the decision to split the season into two parts, with only the first part currently released. This format seems to have disrupted the viewing experience for some fans.
Many viewers expressed concern that the break between the two parts might diminish the already tepid momentum of the season. This points to a broader issue of pacing and engagement that some viewers are grappling with.
Interestingly, some fans are choosing to wait until the entire season is available to binge-watch at their leisure. This approach reflects a growing trend in how audiences prefer to consume TV series, favoring complete access over weekly or even monthly anticipation.
Why Was AHS: Delicate Split into Two Parts in the First Place?
The split of American Horror Story: Delicate into two parts was due to production disruptions. These disruptions were caused by the Writers Guild of America strike in May and the Screen Actors Guild strike in July.
The show was already being made when the strikes hit, so they decided to air the finished episodes as the first part. The second part, with the episodes they couldn't finish, is still up in the air, but it won't be until at least 2024 (per Variety).
How Well Was the First Half of AHS: Delicate received?
The first half of American Horror Story: Delicate has been generally well-received. It managed to captivate both loyal fans of the series and those who were less devoted.
AHS: Delicate really stood out, snagging the best Rotten Tomatoes scores for the American Horror Story series in four years. It got an impressive 86% from critics and 65% from audiences, the highest since AHS: 1984 back in 2019.