American Horror Story season 12: What is the theme of Delicate?

The horror anthology series will mark Kim Kardashian's acting debut

HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Emma Roberts wearing a Vivetta dress and Christian Loubouotin shoes arrives at FX's 'American Horror Story' 100th Episode Celebration held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on October 26, 2019 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Xavier Collin/Image Press Agency/NurPhoto)
American Horror Story is returning for a twelfth season, with franchise alum Emma Roberts returning (NurPhoto)

Horror fans rejoice, because Ryan Murphy's critically-acclaimed series American Horror Story (AHS) is returning for its twelfth season.

Much like with previous seasons, its creator has been keeping details of the show a closely-guarded secret, but first details have emerged about it.

Here is everything you need to know about American Horror Story season 12.

What is the theme of American Horror Story: Delicate?

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 06:  Ryan Murphy speaks onstage at the
Ryan Murphy co-created the show with Brad Falchuk, but has handed showrunning reins to Halley Feiffer (Getty Images)

Each season of American Horror Story fits a particular theme, and the forthcoming season follows this pattern by taking on the title "Delicate" for its inspiration: Delicate Condition by Danielle Valentine.

Usually, the details of a new season of AHS is kept under wraps for as long as possible but with co-creator Murphy handing the showrunner reins to playwright Halley Feiffer it means fans of the show can speculate about the plot.

Emma Roberts - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)
Emma Roberts - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)

Season 12 appears to be examining themes of motherhood and fertility, something that gives it a Rosemary's Baby feel but isn't new to the franchise.

The show's first season Murder House saw a woman carry satan's child, for example, and the antichrist (played by Cody Fern) returned for season nine, Apocalypse.

Cody Fern attends
Cody Fern portrayed the antichrist in American Horror Story: Apocalypse (AP)

Delicate Condition follows a woman, Anna Alcott, who begins to believe that there is a sinister figure who is going to great lengths to stop her pregnancy from happening.

The actress is trying to grapple with her IVF journey whilst and becoming famous, but as things continue to go wrong with the former Anna begins to suspect someone is terrorising her but not even her husband believes that is the case.

So, as mentioned before, it seems that motherhood and fertility are the main themes of Season 12, and it has been described as a feminist take on Rosemary's Baby.

American Horror Story season 12 cast

US socialite Kim Kardashian poses for a photocall at the Louis Vuitton Menswear Spring-Summer 2024 show as part of the Paris Fashion Week, central Paris, on June 20, 2023. (Photo by STEFANO RELLANDINI / AFP) (Photo by STEFANO RELLANDINI/AFP via Getty Images)
Kim Kardashian makes her acting debut in American Horror Story: Delicate (AFP via Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian makes her acting debut in AHS: Delicate, a casting choice that came as quite a surprise to fans given her history as a reality star and business mogul.

Ryan Murphy has defended the decision to cast Kardashian, and he said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in April: "Kim is among the biggest and brightest television stars in the world and we are thrilled to welcome her to the AHS family.

Kim Kardashian - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)
Kim Kardashian - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)

"Emma and I are excited about collaborating with this true force in the culture. Halley Feiffer has written a fun, stylish and ultimately terrifying role especially for Kim, and this season is ambitious and unlike anything we have ever done.”

Kardashian will appear on the show alongside AHS mainstay Emma Roberts, while model Cara Delevingne will be making her debut in the franchise this season.

Cara Delevingne - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)
Cara Delevingne - American Horror Story: Delicate (FX/YouTube)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 24: Cara Delevingne attends the 74th annual Parsons Benefit at Cipriani Wall Street on May 24, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
Cara Delevingne will make her AHS debut in the show's twelfth season (Getty Images)

Per IMDb, Roberts will take on the role of Alcott while Kardashian will play a mysterious woman known as Siobhan Walsh, Delevigne's character name has not yet been confirmed.

Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, who previously worked with Murphy on the powerful series Pose, is also set to appear on the show, as will Zachary Quinto and Matt Czuchry.

American Horror Story season 12 release date

'American Horror Story' returns to TV screens for its 10th series. (FX/Disney)
Frances Conroy and Evan Peters in American Horror Story: Double Feature, the show's tenth season. (FX/Disney)

A release date has not yet been confirmed for the new season of American Horror Story because of the ongoing writer's strike, and now the SAG-AFTRA strike. The series was one of the shows still in production when the strikes began, and so it is unclear whether filming has finished.

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As for now, the show is currently billed to be "coming soon" to the US on FX and Hulu. The series will be released on Disney+ in the UK after its run in America.

Is there a trailer for American Horror Story: Delicate?

Yes, a trailer was revealed on Thursday, 20 July that gave fans of the show their first look at Kardashian in character, the reality star could be seen with platinum blonde hair and she stared down the camera while wearing latex gloves and unique sunglasses.

Sticking to the theme of motherhood, the trailer saw women dancing around a crib whilst chanting "baby" with a disturbing rendition of a lullaby playing in the background.

American Horror Story: Delicate will air in 2023.