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Fairy tale fans, rejoice: Once Upon a Time’s Ariel officially has her Prince Charming Eric! We learned back in August that gorgeous redhead JoAnna Garcia Swisher has been cast to play The Little Mermaid in Season 3 of the show. Now, TV Line is revealing the identity of her handsome prince.

Gil McKinney  — who fans may recognize as Henry Winchester from Supernatural or Julie’s (Aimee Teegarden) love interest, Derek Bishop, in Friday Night Lights — will take on the role of Prince Eric during a multi-episode arc in Once Upon a Time Season 3. Just like JoAnna’s titular mermaid, Gil is set to make his series debut in Season 3, Episode 6: “Ariel.”

Also, is anyone else loving the fact that his name is Gil... and his character is going to fall in love with a mermaid? Just us? Whatever. It’s the simple things in life.

Little is known about OUaT’s version of Eric so far (other than the fact that he’s hot, obviously), but we do know that though the show’s Ariel will be “somebody who wants to see the world," just like her fairy tale predecessor, this new Neverland version of the famous mermaid will be introduced to audiences “in a surprising way.”

We can’t wait to find out what that is... but we do have one request. Is there any way that OUaT could work in some sort of moonlight boat cruise with dancing fish actively badgering Gil to “kiss the girl”? We know musicals aren’t really this show’s thing. But just this once, maybe they could make an exception?

Source: TV Line



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