‘Once Upon a Time’ season 3 spoilers: JoAnna Garcia’s Ariel returns; but why?

More -In the first half of “Once Upon a Time” season 3, one of the shining lights was the Ariel character. She was optimistic, funny, and brought a very different energy to the why-so-serious crew that was at Neverland. Did her naivety lead to her being targeted at times? Sure, but it was far more believable than when Snow at time still falls for things.

So when Ariel comes back to the show Sunday night for “The Jolly Roger,” it’s possible that she will have grown up a little bit … losing a loved one will do that. As the official, very-lengthy synopsis from ABC below gives away, you can expect to see Ariel confront Captain Hook (Colin O’Donoghue) over just what he has been up to since he departed the core group of Snow and company:

” Ariel returns to Storybrooke and pleads with Hook to help her find Prince Eric, who never returned to the town when the new curse was invoked. Emma agrees to let Regina teach her how to use magic so that she can help defeat Zelena, and Mary Margaret and David try to prove that they can be just as much fun as Hook is with Henry — who thinks they are boring. Meanwhile, in Fairy Tale Land during the past year, an angry Ariel confronts Hook over her missing Prince Eric, who she assumes was kidnapped and possibly killed by the swarthy pirate. But when Hook confesses that the Jolly Roger has been stolen and Eric is most likely the thief’s prisoner, Ariel unknowingly provides him with a clue as to who the culprit is, and Hook – with Ariel in tow – goes off in search of his ship.”

This sounds … pretty fun! While you can claim that there isn’t really that much of the core story going on here, we don’t care so long as the story is interesting. We’ll take something a little more standalone any day over an episode that claims to “push the story forward” and really doesn’t do anything.

What do you want to see from Ariel when the show airs Sunday, and do you think that this Hook / Ariel story could be a nice little departure? Share below, and for more “Once Upon a Time” news and previews, be sure to click here! You can also sign up now to get further updates from us via our CarterMatt Newsletter.

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