‘Once Upon a Time’ Season 3: JoAnna Garcia Set To Wash Ashore As The Little Mermaid

Joanna Garcia

The Once Upon a Time team teased the arrival of The Little Mermaid at Comic-Con, but now TV Guide confirms that the role of Ariel has been filled by JoAnna Garcia (Reba, Animal Practice).

Beginning in the sixth episode of season three, entitled “Ariel,” Garcia will bring the beloved character to life in the world of Storybrooke (or maybe Neverland…). Like with all of Once Upon a Time‘s fairytale characters, Ariel’s backstory won’t be exactly how we expect, but the character’s charm and curiosity are likely to be preserved. Executive producer Edward Kitsis also revealed to TV Guide that Ariel might not be the only character from The Little Mermaid story to arrive on the scene this season. The evil Ursula could show up as well…

Are you excited to see Ariel become part of the Once Upon a Time world? And which other fairy tale characters would you like to see in season three?

Once Upon a Time season three premieres Sunday, September 29th at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.