The Little Mermaid (2023) Ending Explained – Do Ariel and Prince Eric reunite? What happens to Ursula?

The Little Mermaid Plot Summary

In her world, Ariel, the little mermaid has a seemingly perfect life. However, Ariel longs to go to the land which her father, King Triton, does not approve of. Ariel’s curiosity about the human world gets the best of her, leading her to a boat that is celebrating the birthday of Prince Eric. There, Ariel instantly falls for the Prince and ends up saving his life from a storm.

The prince only recognizes Ariel from her voice and is looking for the mystery girl that saved him. Ariel is introduced to her aunt, Ursula, the sea witch who is known to be evil. Ursula tricks Ariel into giving up her voice and gives Ariel 3 days to get Prince Eric to fall for her personality. If Ariel manages to get Prince Eric to give her a true love kiss, Ariel will get her voice back. Once she gets to the land, Ariel’s kind heart and charming personality make the Prince fall in love with her.

What does Ursula do to stop Eric from kissing Ariel?

Ursula can’t believe that Ariel managed to make Prince Eric fall for her without her voice. She transforms herself into a human woman named Vanessa and uses Ariel’s voice to cast a spell on Prince Eric and traps him. Ursula/Vanessa convinces Eric to marry her and the wedding arrangements are made. Ariel accepts her fate and goes away from the palace.

Scuttle tells Ariel that Vanessa is actually Ursula, which prompts Ariel to expose the sea witch. Ariel reaches the palace and manages to stop Prince Eric from marrying Ursula. She breaks Ursula’s necklace and gets her voice back. Prince Eric is released from his trance and is about to kiss Ariel when the sun sets.

Since the third day had already ended, Ursula’s deal had ended and Ariel turns back into a mermaid. Ursula, now as the sea witch takes Ariel with her to the sea.

What does King Triton do to save Ariel?

King Triton learns that Ariel had returned to the sea and pays Ursula a visit. Ursula agrees to trade Ariel’s life with King Triton’s in order to become the Sea Queen in his place. Meanwhile, Prince Eric is determined to go against his mother and decides to go find Ariel. He takes his boat into the ocean and goes looking for Ariel.

Ariel is shaken by the fact that her father gave up his life to save her. She starts fighting Ursula but is unable to overpower the now-powerful Sea Queen. Ursula is about to kill Ariel as well when an arrow coming from the surface distracts her.

Who kills Ursula?

Both Eric and Ariel start fighting Ursula, braving the storm and many other challenges the Sea Queen throws at them. The scuffle causes a lot of debris to rise from under the ocean. Ariel and Eric find themselves on two different ships that had come up to the surface of the sea because of the storm. Ariel manages to navigate the broken ship in a way to kill Ursula in the process.

As soon as Ursula dies, King Triton is brought back to life. Ariel is still not allowed to see Prince Eric while the prince is kept from going back to the sea. However, as time passes, King Triton finally realises that Eric is different in comparison to other humans that he had known to be evil. He finally agrees to let Ariel go on and live her life by changing her fishtail into legs.

How does The Little Mermaid end?

Ariel makes it back to the Palace and reunites with Prince Eric. The prince is happy to see Ariel and kisses her. They eventually get married and start going on different adventures as a couple. The merpeople and humans now live in harmony and Ariel promises to meet her friends, Sebastian, Flounder and Scuttle from time to time as the movie comes to an end.


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1 thought on “The Little Mermaid (2023) Ending Explained – Do Ariel and Prince Eric reunite? What happens to Ursula?”

  1. lol! Can’t have a guy kill Ursula to save the love of his life like in the original movie. That’s not woke. Gotta make Ariel do it. Give me an effing break!

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