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'Once Upon a Time': Why is Ariel so angry with Hook?

The next episode of "Once Upon a Time" is going to feature Hook, will show the return of Ariel and fans will finally meet a new character named Blackbeard. The episode is titled "The Jolly Roger" and viewers are going to see Hook back in Fairy Tale Land and Ariel isn't too happy with him. On April 10, E! Online posted a sneak peek of "Once Upon a Time" season 3, episode 17 that shows why Ariel is so furious with Hook.

JoAnna Garcia Swisher plays Ariel on "Once Upon a Time"
Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images

The clip starts out with Hook having a great time with some friends when Smee tells him that the guys have a surprise for him. A wench strolls in and walks with Hook outside. He gives her some money but she is confused. He tells her that she is to tell the guys that she had a great time and sends her on her way.

Suddenly Hook is hit with a club and he falls on the ground. As he looks up to face his attacker, he is surprised to see it is a woman. It turns out that the woman is Ariel and she puts a knife to his throat. She knows his name and when he tells her he doesn't know who she is, Ariel introduces herself and informs him that she is going to make him pay. She is absolutely furious and has a determined look in her eyes.

Fans can only speculate on what Ariel thinks Hook has done, but the synopsis as well as photos can give clues. On April 9, WetPaint posted the synopsis for "The Jolly Roger" episode, which reads,

“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.”

While the sneak peek clip shows Ariel holding a knife to Hook's throat, one of the promo photos reveals that the roles are reversed as Hook holds a knife to the mermaid's throat. Another photograph shows Hook with Blackbeard in the background and then there is the shot of Ariel holding a club, prepared to fight.

Based on the sneak peek video and the promotional photos for "The Jolly Roger," it seems likely that Blackbeard not only has Hook's ship, but probably also has Prince Eric. Since one of the photographs does she Hook with Blackbeard in the background, they must find the pirate. However, will they find Prince Eric and if so, is he still alive?

Fans will have to tune into the ABC fairy tale show to find out what will happen with Hook, Ariel and Blackbeard. "Once Upon a Time" season 3, episode 17 will air on April 13.