EW has learned exclusively that JoAnna Garcia Swisher will reprise her role as Ariel when Once Upon a Time returns this March.
An ally of Snow White, the titular character from The Little Mermaid was last seen helping Ursula get her happy ending by reuniting the sea witch with her father, Poseidon in season 4.
When Ariel pops back up for at least one episode, she’ll be interacting with some very different characters. “Ariel returns and meets Princess Jasmine as they join Hook on an adventure as he and Emma face a daunting challenge that requires a big time princess team-up,” executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis tell EW.
When Once Upon a Time returns in March, the heroes are scattered: Emma and Regina are stuck in the wish realm after crossing paths with Robin Hood, Belle and Rumple must venture to the Dark Realm to save their son, Gideon from the Black Fairy. Hook and David are tasked with finding Emma and Regina, while also trying to prevent the prophecy of Emma’s death — that is when David isn’t taking turns being under the sleeping curse with Snow! So yeah, a princess team-up is very much needed.
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Once Upon a Time returns March 5th, 2017.