American Horror Story: Freak Show’ has proven just a bit more cogent than last season’s ‘Coven’ (while simultaneously connecting itself to the ‘Asylum’), but the FX horror drama’s January return will accomplish something no other ‘Horror Story’ has dared. Check out Neil Patrick Harris’ magical guest appearance in our first preview for the ‘Freak Show’'s antepenultimate hour, “Magical Thinking”!

Having been rumored for guest roles for years, Neil Patrick Harris will finally get his chance at ‘Horror Story’ glory, when the ‘Freak Show’ returns on January 7 for “Magical Thinking.” The first promo of the new hour sees the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Gone Girl’ star arriving as the show’s new owner Chester, but this being a ‘Horror Story’ and all, it isn’t long before the blood starts flowing, and some creepy dolls (and magic!) get involved.

So reads the official press description for “Magical Thinking”:

Elsa prepares for her move to Hollywood. The Twins grow enamored with a traveling salesman. Dell plots Jimmy’s escape from police custody.

Lest we forget, Neil Patrick Harris’ real-life husband David Burtka will also put in an appearance over the coming weeks, but in the meantime, check out our first look at NPH joining ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ above, and give us your predictions for “Magical Thinking” in the comments!