I am Ryn. I come from the sea.
— Ryn to Ben[src]

Ryn is a main character on the Freeform series Siren. She is portrayed by Eline Powell.

Ryn is a mermaid who finds herself in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its history with mermaids. When she arrives in town, she assumes the name "Ryn" from a cartoon she briefly watches through a child's bedroom window. She is there searching for her sister, Donna, who was separated from her by fishermen who accidentally captured her.

Official Description Edit

Ryn is a strange young woman with a deep dark secret.

Early Life Edit

Not much is known about Ryn's past. The only thing known is that Ryn and Donna are sisters that come from a mermaid colony.

Physical Appearance Edit


Ryn, in her human form, has a slim figure, fair skin, long dark brown hair and steel blue eyes. Her most defining feature is her sharp cheekbones.


Ryn, in her mermaid form, has the upper-body of a human and the lower-half of a spiky, long fishtail. Along with that, she has small sharpened teeth, large glassy eyes and exposed ribs.

Personality Edit

As a mermaid, Ryn is a feral and menacing predator as seen when a shark head shows up onshore and when she attacks her rescuer, Ben, after her return to the water. 

As a human, she is very curious and a highly intelligent creature. Even without a grasp of the English language, Ryn exudes a balance of innocence and naivety with dangerous animalistic instinct. Ryn is a misunderstood predator who will only harm someone if she's under attack, as shown when she kills a man who attempts to rape her. Nevertheless, it doesn't take long for Ryn to develop an understanding of the English language as she begins grasping certain words and phrases but is only able to respond with a few words. 

Throughout the Series Edit

Season 1 Edit

Ryn and her sister, Donna, were swimming, when Donna was caught in the fishermen's net. Unable to do anything, Ryn watched as her sister was pulled up aboard the boat. Ryn decided that she was going to come onto land in an attempt to look for her sister. Now in her human form, she nakedly wandered straight in front of a car. The tires screeched to a halt and Ben Pownall came out of the car, asking her if she was okay. Disoriented and shaky on her legs, she turned away from him and continued walking in the opposite direction before her legs gave out and she fainted.

Ryn awoke on the couch of Ben's living room and inspected the shirt she had on, before Ben spoke to her, drawing her attention to him. She observed her surroundings, mesmerized by everything within her eyesight. She picked up a littleneck clam and started sniffing it. When Ben began talking again, she curiously stared at him and sang the siren's song to him. Their tender moment was interrupted by a knock on the door. When Ben left to answer the door, she used this chance to escape through the window.

The next morning, she woke up in an abandoned boat, ate a rat for sustenance, stole a hoodie and wandered down the streets of Bristol Cove. The town was having a festival, celebrating 150 years since the town's founding and their history with mermaids. She stopped in front of an antique store. Helen stopped in her tracks and stared back in awe, gradually realizing what Ryn was. Before Helen had a chance to talk to her, Ryn continued wandering down the street.

Reaching Pownall Seafood, Ryn inspected all the boats for any clues that might lead her to her sister. Seeing the North Star boat, Ryn climbed aboard. Remembering the orange net, she flashed back to the time when her sister was captured and taken away from her.

Later on, she spotted rain boots and slipped them on after stepping on a shard of glass and injuring her foot. Walking further, she picked up a black helicopter toy similar to the military's that took her sister. Overhearing a child's TV program from the open window, she named herself Ryn after the cartoon. This caused the kid to turn around and greet her. Embarrassed, Ryn hid behind the bushes. She then came across a local and introduced herself as Ryn. She tried to communicate with the man that she wanted him to take her to the black helicopter she saw her sister fly away in, but when she got inside his car, he made sexual advancements towards her but was met with a violent death - Ryn ripped his throat out and threw him through his car window.

Her skin was getting more irritated and dehydrated the longer she stayed on land. Making it to the Bristol Cove Marine Research Center, she blended with the children, pretending to be part of the tour, guided by Maddie Bishop. After Maddie explained her interest in working as a marine biologist, they went outside. Ryn stayed behind and drank the fish shake, which was a blend of herring and cod as well as other nutrients. After she finished eating, she joined them outside by the wharf, where the children were meeting the two sea lions, Sitka and Hazy. Sensing her presence, the two seals began growling angrily. They could sense she was a predator. One of the children noticed Ryn intensely staring at the seals and accused her of making them uneasy.

Just then, Ben arrived at the marine center and spotted Ryn. Ryn cowered away from him, moving further back into the room, as Ben advanced toward her. He tried to calm her hissing as he knelt down in front of her and tried to befriend Ryn once more. She reciprocated his greeting by introducing herself as Ryn. Ryn's health deteriorated as her breathing got more labored and she's also started coughing. Concerned, Ben noted that she was sick. Ryn hesitantly allowed him to examine her arm, now largely covered in scales. Ben was still hypnotized by her siren song. Maddie interrupted them and informed Ben that the everything was back to normal. Ben then introduced Ryn to her and told her that she was sick. After their exchange, Maddie left to go lock down the pen and Ben remained with Ryn and told her he was calling a doctor for her.

Ryn's condition had worsened. Her whole body was now covered in scaly skin and she was very dehydrated. Ryn realized that she needed to get back into the water, so she dragged her body down the wharf and plunged into the water. When she entered, she took off her clothes before her body began transforming into a mermaid. She screamed in agony as her transition began. Her bones began reconfiguring; her sharp teeth appeared, her hands turned into webbed hands that ended in claws, her dorsal fin protruded from her back, and her legs joined to form a fishtail.

With her transition complete, she started swimming when Ben saw her in one of the bay's cameras. When Ben dived in, Ryn attacked him, as it was a mermaid's natural instinct to kill, and she did not view Ben as a friend any longer, he was prey. She managed to thrash him around and bite him in his neck before Ben hit her with a pole and swam back up to the wharf.

Ryn continued swimming further into the ocean and soon enough, she came across the North Star boat once again.[1]

Quotes Edit

I am Ryn
— Ryn to Ben[src]
I kill. Or you kill.
— Ryn to Ben[src]

You are afraid of me.
— Ryn to Maddie Bishop[src]

Appearances Edit

Season 1
Episode Appearance Status
Pilot Appears
The Lure Appears
Interview With a Mermaid Appears
On the Road Appears
Curse of the Starving Glass Appears
Showdown N/A
Dead in the Water N/A
Being Human N/A
Street Fight N/A
Aftermath N/A

Trivia Edit

Gallery Edit

Promotional ImagesEdit


References Edit

  1. Wald, Eric (writer) & Stewart, Scott (director) (January 26, 2017). Pilot. Siren. Season 1. Episode 1. Freeform.