In episode 5 'The Reunion' and episode 10 'The Stallion.'
Château d'Arlempdes is a beautiful castle in Arlempdes, Haute-Loire, France. It originally dates to the 12th century Historic remains in a village listed among “the most beautiful
villages of France” and as a “character village of Auvergne”. Built on a volcanic peak by the Montlaurs, Arlempdes, the first château of the Loire (12th to 14th centuries) overlooks
wonderful wild gorges and is one of the most remarkable sites in Le Velay. The 12th century chapel of Saint-Jacques was completely restored in 2003. It's open from March to October.
Episode 5 The Reunion
First scene: Tell drinks from the Loire river, but he is not alone.
Location: we think north west of Chateau Arlempdes, perhaps a little bit more to the right. The castle on the right.
Scene: While drinking, Eleanor suddenly approaches and attacks. Tell throws Eleanor with a back throw into the river. She takes her knife and
they stand eye in eye looking without knowing who they are. She and her bodyguards take Tell to the castle. Stefan is the connecting factor.
On this still you can see plastic box at the river bank Then the scene switches to the east side of the castle
Location: East of chateau Arlempdes, down at the Loire river.
In the yellow circle the field of the scene above.
Entering rebellion headquarters
Location Chateau Arlempdes
With stick Alain Grellier?
About 'Gessler's treasurywagon' in Reunion 'episode 5.
The introduction is not very friendly. Morgan looks at Eleanor's catch: "The river is full or rats."
Then in a quarrel Stefan got hit accidently. The 'reunion' of Stefan and Tell! And trouble
Scene: Stefan proudly introduces his friend: "Gather around. This is William, an old friend of mine. We fought together in the border wars. He saved my life once.
Consider him as one of us!" a rebel: 'May he clean the goathutch?' Stefan: 'Haha let's see about that later. You meet Morgan my right hand man!' Morgan is not interested
in the new guest. He interrupts Stefan, they need to talk. Stefan finds his guest more important which annoys Morgan even more. 'It can wait! First our guest! Some food first.'
Morgan and the gang
Th interior of castle Arlempdes
Scene: The common thread running through, Tell's family runs through this scene
Scene: "So you have been in prison all those time. I thought you were dead. I didn't thought Gessler or the emperor was so merciful."
"He is not." Stefan: I didn't think so.It's a long time since you tastedthis,William, It's ale. Both: "To better times" and together they bring out a toast.
Eleanor enters the room. "You've met my daughter? This is Eleanor, my daughter and the best scout we have. But sometimes she has trouble telling friend from foe."
Story continues: Stefan:"The treasurywagen leaves twice a year, Gessler sends a taxman collected to the emperor. The route the wagon
takes crosses the river not far from here...haha... Tell: and you're gonna rob it? "Not so much as rob it, but redirect the goal."
1986 More of the interior of Arlempdes 2015
Scene: "How does an old ogre like you wind up with such a beautiful daughter?" "Eleanor? Her mother was a beauty, a gem, William. A queen, even when she didn't
have royal blood." "What did she do, leave you?" "No no no, she was killed in the rebellion." "I'm sorry Stefan." "It's allright. At least she hasn't seen us reduced to this."
"Reduced to what? Drinking ale on a mountain top?" Hahaha, it's good to have you here, William!
1986 The doorpost they stood. 2015
"I'm happy to see you...." "I won't be staying. I have to find my wife and boy. If I could get my horse back, I would be on my way..."
Stefan: "to Clermont? Don't you know, William? In the rebellion when it all started, Clermont was the first town Gessler destroyed. He burned it to the ground."
Comparing: 2 episodes, 1 location
Here you see the same location (Arlempdes interior) Episode 10, The Stallion Scene: Stefan gives the Stallion as a gift to Tell and the escape scene on this spot as well.
The figthing practice of the rebels
Story scene: Stefan tells about the people who are practising. "These men are not just soldiers William. They are survivors; this isn;t something they have chosen, they have been burned out of their homes,
lost their families that's what this emperor calls justice." Tell: 'Ah so you are rebels.' Stefan continues: "You should call it that I suppose. But we are not gonna storm the citadel. This empire will fall on
it's own accord. It's old, corrupt. Like a tree that is rotting from the inside, the next pigwind and it will come crashing down. "And then what?" "I don't know... I don't really know if it will be a better
world, it will be a different one. If you want to survive then you have to defend yourself. Even you,William." "I can take care of myself. "Oh you think so, do you??"
The stick fight
Location: number 11. "Bring those two sticks over here." Stefan gives Tell and Eleanor both a stick.
Scene: Tell wants to leave, but Stefan prevents him to walk out and shake his finger. "Remember who her father is!"
Story scene: Stefan: 'come on William you know how to use it. One shot with a crossbow costs time then you are there with a piece of wood.'
"Your reflexes are too slow, William. Remember it's a fencing stick not a walkingstick. Tell: 'It's a peace of wood not a weapon."
Stefan: "Well pick it up!" Tell stands up and gets the stick again and gives it a try again." Location: Arlempdes field, number 11.
Scene: Morgan: 'Stefan, you bring him his Crossbow if he can stand on his feet,' Stefan is awaiting for Tell's respond.
"Give him his crossbow at least he can die on his feet. Look at him Stefan there is no fighting spirit left in him anymore. I doubt he even can shoot it straight!"
Stefan knows William too good that Morgan has to be careful now. "About one thing you are right, Morgan, I can't shoot after all, I missed."
2015 Near the the entrance 1986
You can imagine where the fireplace (under the word 1986, right photo above) used to be. (You take a look below).
The Mainbuilding of the castle
1986 2015 A low angle shot
2005 Middle: 2015 2017 This photo right below: found on the web. With glass in the windows and a locked door.
Comparing with the interior of the mainbuilding
Stefan talks about 'the treasury wagon,' but Morgan is not content with it. Stefan and Morgan made the plan, he doesn't like William to get involved.
Episode 5 in 1986 Episode 10 in 1986
Story scene: In the meantime when Stefan walks away for a while Eleanor can't suppress asking all her questions. She is impressed by the stories she heard about Tell.
"You are William Tell aren't you? My father is talking about you all the time, especially .......do you really shot an apple of the top of your son's head?"
Stefan walks in the room:..."talk about apples.........turn to the business........don't stick your nose into places that not belong...
Story: During a quarrel, Eleanor accidentally reveals William's last name, in conversation with Morgan. So Morgan thinks he has a strong position to negotiate
with Gessler. Two birds one stone (he is rid of Tell and he expects an huge reward. He wants to include his companion 'Stefan' in a bargain. So the treasury wagon
is all for him) But he forgets Gessler can never be trusted....
Story: Morgan: "A lover's quarrel I suppose?" "It's not your business!" "I make it my business what are you interested in an old man,
he has wasted most of his life." "William Tell...has done more in his life than you ever will..!" Morgan: "William Tell!?" "Don't tell it,
Morgan, Please.... wish I shouldn't have said anything." Morgan who has a crush on her tries to blackmail: "Well that depends on you...."
Scene location: still inside the castle. They're looking on the map to find the best way to strike.
Eleanor has observed the route a view times and tells her conclusions. Stefan calls her the best scout. "Remember who trains her."
Stefan is not always in line with Morgan. Morgan gives sometimes trouble.
Story: Eleanor explains the plan: "I checked a few places twice and I came to the same conclusion, this is the best place to strike." Stefan asked why not the pass...She continues:
"there is not enough space to come behind the wagon." Stefan: "and Gessler?" "He should be riding with them, he will be parted of his money when he absolutely have to." Stefan:
What do you think William?" Morgan suddenly interrupts': "Yes William what do you think?" Stefan: "Morgan." Morgan: "I'm surprised you remembered by name.
Have you forgotten who's idea this was in the first place?" Stefan leaves the room with Morgan." The tension rises between the two.
The mainbuilding exterior and interior
Inside the building above
In front of the tower
The revenge feelings on Gessler
1986 Stefan offers his help 2015
The messenger arrives breathless. Stefan: "So you got a run! Is your wife after you again?" Location: between number 9 and 11
Aimed on a goal
In this episode Tell heard, Clermont was the first time Gessler destroyed. Will this attack on the wagon change a situation?
Stefan after the shot: "Not bad! Considering all I told you you know."
The scene above is shot between 10 and 11
The wagon crosses the river.
Location: east of the castle in the Loire river. I made this photo (2015) it gives a good overview. This shot is in the intro soundtrack.
Action and stunts!
Impressing! Four galloping horses on an unstable sandy, rocky river shore crossing the river. Wild horses trampling in front of the wagon, but then the wagon won't move.
Tell attached with a hook and a rope...
Then he cuts the horses loose.
1986 Behind Eleanor the high Chateau of Arlempdes. 1986 behind Arlempdes town. See the picture below 2015. You can see the village low and the chateau high up.
Almost 30 years later
The lowest part of this hill is filmed. This Crossbow shot is zoomed a lot.
1986 The two trees have grown! 2015
The rocks are looking still the same. Look at the carve in the rock (right of the horse's head).
I'm surprised the rocks haven't been taken by the river yet.
Teamwork and stunts in the Loire river
1986 2015 zoomed
1986 The rock in the middle of the river is washed away or is was especially made for Crossbow. 2015
Some stills of the fight
A soldier scraps Stefan with a speer. Morgan: "so are we going to be led by William Tell?"
Stefan doesn't seem to be deadly wounded and seems in good hands now. Tell returns to his burned town. he wants to find out what happened to his family.
1986 2015 1986
The end of episode 5 'Reunion'
Episode 'The stallion'
Rock and river and checkpoints
Location: Down the Loire river (east of the castle) Scene: Eleanor swims in episode 10 The Stallion, 1986
1986 2015 see how big this rock is, comparing the man
2015 Same huge rock in the middle of the river. Not moved by the river in 30 years!
The second one
1986 This rock, next to the river, is huge! It has a huge crack in it. 2015
2015 The rock William walked around, before he spotted Eleanor swimming. It's also huge!
On the foot of the (castle) mountain.
Tell is arrested by Eleanor's men
View from the castle 2015
Scene: Near the headquarters of the rebels.
When Tell sees a lady swimming in the river, he tries to get closer. Her bodyguards arresting him. Then they do recognize each other.
Comparing: Same place ep 5 and 10
Location: Riverside, just below Arlempdes at river bank of the Loir river
The start of episode 5 'Reunion' Tell doesn't know Eleanor yet AND The start of episode 10 'Stallion' Eleanor asks Tell to help against Morgan
Eleanor in episode 10 "Morgan is taking over. He means to kill my father. You must help!" "I don't know there is anything I can do."
Tell is back in the Rebel headquarters (like in episode 5) at Arlempodes castle.
Location: They've made a fake chimney for this scene. On the map below, a few meters left from 4
Scene: Morgan cynical: "Back from Albion so soon?" Morgan is not amused Tell returns ('treasury wagon' adventure). Tell is a threat.
The location Gessler's camp is near the houses left (with bright orange roofs) Scene: Hard times for Tell.
Betrayed by rebels and by Gessler. Morgan, and some of the rebels, want Stefan out of the way. And Tell also. They make a plan to sell Tell to Gessler.
Morgan thinks he is in an important negotiating position. Gessler sure will be interested in Tell. Stefan will be include in a bargain. But how that turns out...
Falcon: "I can lead you to William Tell" "Go on, I'm listening."
1986 Gessler's camp: a field north west of the castle. 2005 Made by my friend Stephane.
The volcanic cross
2015 Unfortunelety it's no longer on top of the rock (next to the chapel) 1986
This beautiful cross is nowadays put in the chapel on top of Arlempdes. It's made of one piece of volcanic grey stone.
Horse scene. Stefan: "You like a horse like him wouldn't you? If you can break him, he is yours. A present for old times."
The riding arena
1986 Location 11 on the map (some rows down) 2015
The riding arena is number 11 on the map. You can see the circle. I have seen that sometimes they have a round grandstand on that field during the summer. But anyway.. it's the same spot the arena stood.
The white Lipizzan horse, Napolitano
A present from Stefan, it travels with Tell along the episodes until season 3!
The mounting up. Unbelievable Mr. Lyman did the main part of the horseriding himself (except the last fall).
Without a saddle.
A stand-in has to do the last fall (photos below)
Morgan knows how to break horses. The horse is beaten and gets upset.
Tell stands up for the horse
location riding arena: You can still see the circle at 11. From field 11 via 10 to field 4 2015 Between these buildings
The horse runs between the tower and the trees, in the middle of the castle. (10 on the map and the beach is 8)
Tell's 'present' ran away. A dark maned horse...probably better for this short scene
Meanwhile. Gessler on his way.
Location: the fields between the river and Arlempdes castle. 7 on the map (edge)
1986 2015 1986 shot of Crossbow
Gessler is quickly approaching
Next to the gate
1986 zoomed 2015 1986
The gate. Bad luck
2015 1986 walking down to the gate. 2015
Tell is about to leave but Morgan has another plan in mind.
The view you see, while turning around.
I first thought this window was in the chapel but it's in the place Tell and Stefan meet, the castle.
1986 This window is changed completely...the shape is different and the stained glass is gone. 2015
1986 The window has changed. See below the exact spot of the window.
The helping hand
Scene: Stefan: "I could have known this was coming..." Tell: "What?" Stefan: "I had a fight with Morgan last week...with fun of everyone. He is after Eleanor.
"He is not after Eleanor." "Yes I know. You're not a small catch either William!" Tell: "He is a fool if he thinks he can make a deal with Gessler." Then Eleanor comes.
Both sides of the chamber. the square window used to be the stained glass window.
2005 2015 2017
They are sitting on the rock in front of the window. The other side of the room where Tell and Stefan met, toast and talk.
1986 Scene: The men are arguing 'It's too small and who got first.' Eleanor warns they have to be quickly 2015
I was surprised there was really a tunnel. The tunnel is partially closed. 3 on the map
The way out
The escape tunnel is in this room. It's also the room Stefan and William toasting and talk about the treasury wagon. The castle is attached to the volcanic rock. 2015
The tunnel (map: from 3 to 9)
2015 1986 2015
2015 2015 1986
1986 2015 The same angle but zoomed out (7 on the map). 2015
No more than 3 riders... Gessler decided to bring all of them.
See the window behind Gessler, it can be seen on the panorama photo above.
Story scene: Morgan is not amused "this wasn't the arrangement!" Gessler: "I didn't make an arrangement with you.
I've come her for William Tell. I suggest you bring him here at once. Search the camp!"
Eleanor threw a stone to Gessler, which panics his horse. He fell off. All kind of things happen in this fight; Tell just takes a soldier off the horse,
a man jumps through a high window, horses prancing, soldiers fall through tables... Morgan against Eleanor, the fight between Tell and Gessler.
Location fight at number 4. Later they walk to number 5 and 6 at the end of the scene.
A huge fight arises with some funny elements
1986 2015 it seems quit a small plateau 2015 same field but seen from a different angle
The huge window
1986 2015 1986 The window is behind the soldier
This place is divided into two levels
A wall of clay with a fence is build on the edge of this field (probably to protect galloping riders).
1986 1986. It seems they made a wall of clay, like they did with Morgan's corner. 2015
2015 1986 2015
Lots of action on a small place, flexible horses horses turning in gallop a lot.
Morgan fights against Stefan to life and dead. Eleanor protects her father.
This must be a fake fireplace, especially built for Crossbow. Built from different stones. Below pictures of the fireplace.
The fireplace at the right side And the fireplace in the middle
Scene: Not many men are surviving this fight. This time nothing is standing in Gessler's way anymore.
Pushed to the edge
"Leave him to me," Gessler says. A fight man to man. Tell is in disadventage. No weapons. The fake fireplace behind Gessler
Scene: Gessler can never be trusted. "If you are very very lucky, I will let you die quickly." Tell: "Oh very disarming." From number 4 to 5. Tell jumps at 6.
1986 1986 2015
The last fight at the castle
The fight started at 4 then walking to 5. The last scene in this castle is at the edge of 6. At 6 Tell jumps of the castle.
A quite serieus scene with a funny touch
Scene: Tell tries to defend himself in all kinds of ways. First a pitchfork...a basket and then a chair...nothing stops Gessler. He seems to enjoy smashing it out of Tell's hands.
Finally he convinces Tell that it's no use and demands to put the new thing down.
The jump of the castle
1986 Summer 2015 Spring
"Get after him!" Two soldiers mounted up! Gessler left is despair.
1986 Below in the field. 2015 From the castle
The terraces 2015
The terraces. Recognizable point...the walls, trees and river sand in the back. Coincidenlty we recognized the 3 trees at the ruined wall on a still we had with us.
1986 riders approaching 2015 1986
The stone walls
1986 The wall seen from the other side 2015
Summer 1986 Spring 2015
If we may believe the story of Chad and Jeremy. This fire got almost out of hands. The castle is located high and the hills are steep. Less water pressure
and the fire got bigger. The fire brigade could hardly extinguish the fire. Almost this national monument was gone.. Left: a trace of the past?
1986 One of the towers 2005
1987 The vulcanic rock is beautiful 2015
The white horse at the riverbank
And there comes 'Naplitano' running to Tell in slow motion...with beautiful music composed by Stanislas Syrewicz. Am I dreaming?
1986 2015 2015 white, grey and blue stones.
Wow! Almost surreal! Is this location real? Yes it is!
1986 The photo was taken by fan S. Barthemely around 2005
Summer 1986 Great shot of this castle and the rock! Spring 2015
The end of episode 10
Below made in may 2015
The volcanic rocks on top. The castle lies in between them. For me it looks like a broken bone structure ;) Impressive!
Inside the castle
On top of the castle
The black, grey and pink stone color
Me, early morning around 2015
The cross is in the chapel
The town Arlempdes
Too many snakes on my way to the river.