Top 5: Once Upon a Time Characters to Watch in Season 3

Season 3 of Once Upon a Time starts this weekend (Sept. 29th, 2013) and I’m really excited to see some of my favorite characters back on my television screen again. Over the summer, we’ve gotten excited about new characters like Tinkerbell and Ariel, or our main cast taking the voyage into the uncharted Neverland. However, I have to point out that there are several characters that have backstories (or present day stories) that we either haven’t really heard or that we haven’t fully explored. For myself, that is the most exciting part of what we may see in Season 3. Yes, I’m excited about pirates and mermaids and everything, but what about some of the characters we’ve seen in previous seasons that still have mysteries about them? Will we get the resolutions we need? Who knows, but season 3 definitely gives us promise! So here are my top 5 Once Upon a Time characters to watch this season.


#5-Tiny. The last of the giants is still living in human size form and is among the people being left behind in Storybrooke. He brought hope to a town full of fairy tale characters last season. What can he contribute this year? Will he even play an important role this season? I’d like to hope so! His story isn’t nearly finished and I feel like he is more useful in Storybrooke than we have been led to believe. I think he steps up and really shines as a big character this season. (That wasn’t intended to be a giant joke.)

#4-Ariel and Prince Eric. Through a sneak peek video we know that Ariel and Eric will be joining the cast from Season 3. The interesting part is that Ariel appears in Storybrooke, not in Neverland with all of the other mermaids. How did she get there? Was it just a teaser? What will her character bring to the overall story arch of bringing Henry back to his family? Does she have a past with Hook and Neverland? How will her Prince Eric be introduced? There is nothing we can confirm yet about Ariel or Prince Eric and that is exciting because we will have to just wait in anticipation for her debut.

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#3-Dr. Whale/Frankenstein. From Season 1 to Season 2, one of the biggest mysteries was who Dr. Whale could possibly be. Now we know that the former Dr. Frankenstein has somehow found his way out of the Gothic Literature World (Is that where he is from?) and made his way into Storybrooke with everyone else from the Enchanted Forest thanks to Rumplestiltskin and The Hatter. Now that we got that resolution, what next for the drunk, womanizing doctor? Will he find his way back to Igor and his old mansion? Dr. Whale is a character I wish they would focus on more but I know I won’t get to see as much of him as I really want.

#2-Owen/Greg. The early days of Storybrooke saw a man and his son become the only visitors to stay at Granny’s hotel and the last visitors until Emma makes her way into town. The man was buried in the woods but the boy has come back to seek revenge on his father. We understand that Owen (and Tamara) is working for a higher power, probably, Pan’s shadow. and that they have kidnapped Henry for him, but Owen (or Greg) still had a life between his first and second visit to the town in Maine. What happened to him and who did he live with? How did he know he could find Storybrooke after the curse was broken or did he? I feel as though some of these questions will be answered but not all of them. Regardless, I’m excited to get to know Ethan Embry’s vengeful character in Season 3.

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#1-Leroy/Dreamy/Grumpy. The former Dreamy has been a substantially fun character to get to know since the first season of the show. Lee Arenberg has been a great character actor in this role. He has taken one cranky dwarf and given him dimension and a lovable personality. The progression of Grumpy has been one of the best minor storylines and has been a treat to see. I don’t know what will happen to the character but regardless, I’m sure it will be fun to watch. I have to tip my hat off to Lee Arenberg for being one of the best actors on the show!

What are your thoughts on the upcoming season? Be sure to listen to our preview of Season 3 on the Modern Mouse Radio podcast RIGHT HERE and share your thoughts throughout the season with me over twitter!

Josh Taylor


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Posted on September 28, 2013, in Articles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I still have to watch the first season of this show 😦 !

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