What's With NPH's Chameleon on 'AHS: Freak Show'? It Seems to Have Magical Powers
It's the moment we've all been waiting for, horror fans. Neil Patrick Harris has finally made his American Horror Story debut. And while his character, Chester, may possess some of that well-known NPH charm, he also has a very peculiar way about him that extends far beyond the reaches of a few innocent magic tricks. You see, Chester is a traveling salesman of sorts. And what exactly is he selling, you may ask? Well, apparently, chameleons. (Or has Elsa likes to call them, "baby lizards," which he evidently grows on a farm because I guess that's a thing.) But these creatures are no ordinary animals. At least that's the impression Ryan Murphy is trying to give fans. Yup, something is definitely not right with NPH's chameleons.
Because when Chester presents his little friends to Bette and Dot, the twins automatically change appearance to look like two completely different women. (Say wha?!?!) Does this relate to some sort of aspect from Chester's past or could this chameleon actually possess magical powers of some sort? I certainly wouldn't put it past Murphy to bring more magic into the mix. (The episode itself is called "Magical Thinking" after all.) So while we'll have to wait until next week to know for sure, let's dare to dream of a few freaky explanations as to what the heck is going on with that lizard…
The Chameleon Is His Wife Reincarnated
Or at least that's what Chester might think. I mean, he talks to a doll on a daily basis, so is it totally out of the question that he thinks his wife's soul resides in the body of a lizard? If dude's going to take us to crazy town, he might as well take us all the way.
The Chameleon Can Alter People's Identity
If we want to get really insane here, there's always a chance that the creature has the magical ability to alter the appearance of others at least for whomever is holding it. And since NPH happened to be holding a chameleon at the time, he envisioned his dead wife, perhaps as part of a guilty conscience.
The Chameleon Is Just That… a Chameleon
Then, of course, there's always a chance that all of this speculation is for absolutely nothing. Chester could have just simply been holding a chameleon when Bette and Dot walked in and their presence reminded him of his wife, which he momentarily envisioned. End of story. Damn you, Murphy, with your mind games!
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