One thing that comes up pretty often when you ask for an actual execution plan, is that the query “never finishes” and one can’t be captured.
Good news! There are ways for you to get execution plans in progress with some of the actual query plan elements inside.
You don’t have to let the query run to completion, but generally if you give it a few minutes you can capture where things are going wrong.
Read on to see how, as well as the limitations of each technique.