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The Little Mermaid is coming to Once Upon a Time Season 3... and we couldn’t be more excited to have the spirited redhead as part of our OUaT world. Actress Joanna Garcia Swisher will make her debut in Season 3, Episode 6: “Ariel,” and show producers have revealed new details about what we can expect from OUaT‘s latest fairy tale princess.

"She's somebody who wants to see the world," executive producer Edward Kitsis tells TV Guide. "That spirit will run in her DNA still, but we'll meet her in a surprising way."

Edward stayed mum on what exactly that “surprising” debut would be, but he did reveal that Ariel’s introduction will take place in Neverland. We’ll meet other mermaids, too, but don’t expect them to be nearly as nice as Ariel! Also on deck to make their OUaT debut are dreamy Prince Eric and Ariel’s enemy, Ursula.

What’s more, Ariel will have a connection to a character we’ve already met... but producers aren’t giving any clues as to which one. (If we had to venture a guess, though, we'd go with either Peter Pan or Hook. Thoughts?)

Though we’re thrilled to get the chance to meet Ariel, we do find it a bit frustrating that she won’t be swimming our way until the sixth episode of the season. How on earth are we supposed to wait that long?

Sigh. Don’t mind us... we’ll just be over here in the corner, talking to our pet flounder, Flounder, and humming “Kiss the Girl” to ourselves a million times. Waiting is hard.

Source: TV Guide