The Jasse of Sauveterre and the stone chaos


This page is about 'episode 58 The Shadow' and 'episode 66 The Wind Wagon.' We start with The Shadow 58. "I too have suffered Basai. The wasteland is the land of the damned."

Scene: Horst and his fellow Basaï, a champion archer, kill everyone who tries to cross the wasteland. William can count on his guide 'Melos,' who knows the region perfectly.

If he wants Melos to guide him through the Wasteland, he has to proof he is quick. As quick as Basaȉ counts, between his bowshots). Location: Jasse de Sauveterre.

                                                                                                                         1988                                                                  2018  The shape of the wall, left, is still the same 


Scene: The guide wants something in exchange. Fortunately for Tell, the amulet does not seem of much value to him.

Guide: "Crossing the wasteland is madness, you have to be quick and sharp to survive." He seems to admire Tell’s determination.


Jasse de Sauveterre


Two locations

They've been switching from Jasse de Sauveterre to the Margaride mountains (stones chaos area). Also The Touch and Trailbreak is shot here. Location: Stone chaos area.

Tell kept the arrow that just landed at his feet, it has a message and his name is known by somebody he hasn't met yet.  The message is: "Beware of the shadow William Tell."


Rock 1

The base of Benzai and Horst.

This rock is the first rock formation we found, called rock 1 (This is the main rock of episode 'The Touch')


Area: A bit overgrown. The cattle help to keep the area open from trees. The fields are covered with stones, heather and grass.



The forest

The trees have grown over those 30 years. Now the place is surrounded by a lot of forest.

The first field has 2 rock formations and the second field has 4 rock formations. The 2 huge fields are fairly open, 
but a piece of forest has grown between these fields so that you can no longer see the fields as in Crossbow. They are divided.




Compare this place: The base of Horst (The Shadow) and rock 1 (of the Touch)

1988 in The Touch                                                                         2019            

To Compare: Grania shows Tell this safe place.


It´s in the centre where the trees grow now.




Rock formation 3 - Transformation

The rock has many faces, it depends on which side you are. This rock can change into a turtle, a hawk or a even a face. An impressive rock! This

rock is surrounded by forest. It can be seen in episode The Shadow. I call it turtle rock because this is side we see during the Crossbow recordings.


           Seen from the west: a kind of turtle shape.                                          Seen from the opposite it looks like the head of an hawk.   


And here another side of it: like a head and it is incredibly tall!                                                                                                                 


                                   The highest rock (most of the shadow).


The south side of this rock


     The south is pretty flat around.


The north side of this rock formation. Is the shot of Crossbow

Scene: Drought is effecting the country and the people. And there is a mystery going on.

                                                                            1988     North of the rock. Where the shot is made there is now a border of pine trees           2019           


The '(battle) field' around this rock





The field

Nice shots with the snakes, probably set out in front of the camera but I'm convinced there are living a lot on the Causse de Sauveterre.

Warmth, stones and grass is perfect for snakes. I've been attacked by one myself by a year back, thankfully I was wearing boots so it wasn't able to bite through.


A compilation of the area (2 photos, below).

Scene: The guide who leads Tell through the field, knows the route on the back of his hand. But he discovered that Horst

and Basai might have moved a huge rock. So they've managed to change the route... They lost cover and both get shot.


The field around rock 2 (this field also contains the gate of the wasteland)

   1988                                                                                                               2019                                                                                            1988                       



The field around Rock 6. I call this rock 'The massive block'



Tell is standing in front of a new forest. These new forests are all around and make it harder to find all the rock formations.

And you don't wanna get lost. The advantage is that we have learned to recognize the area well. Landmarks such as the three mountains,

stone chaos fields, a tower, truc rock formations, can we an eye on these landmarks.

1988                                                                                                          2019                                                                                                       


1988                                                                                                                                2019 A slightly bit to the right              


     Rock 6 is behind Tell and .

                                                    1988 The shadow                                                                                              2019                                                                               1988 Look at the tower (on the right)                         

Compare the episodes

                       Episode Trailbreak is also shot here on this spot  1988                                     My photo is taken higher up   2019                                           


This rock 6 is visible in Trailbreak too. Tell is looking for a place to hide.                                                                                               


Back to episode 'The Shadow' In between the shots.



Zoomed out 1988                                                                            Zoomed 2019                 


The Elephant Rock (rock 5)

Tell and Melos are walking towards the 'Elephant' (rock (5) and the 'Massive Block,' (rock 6)


1988 A Crossbow Shot of Elephant rock.                                                                            A high shot 2019                                     


      This is a triangle of rocks              

 One behind me, Shelter rock), the left one is Massive block and right the Elephant rock.        





Above and below the same rock but totally different from all sides


This rock is changing shapes all the time


A triangle of rock formation on one field.




They are hiding between Shelter rock (4) and Elephant rock (5) See the stone behind the Melos,

that's the Elephant rock. So they are situated in the middle of the triangle of  3 rock formation.


Rock 1 (seen in The Touch)

They are now closer to the base of Horst (rock 1, also the main rock in The Touch) I believe, the shots you see below, are close to rock 1 (Touch) and 2 (gate of the wasteland).


Here a field compilation


                                                                                                                                                          Low angle shots


Field 2


This shot is not merged well. Horst and Basai are on rock 1. Tell and Melos are getting closer to this rock.



Almost at the base of Horst. It's running and hiding. Cool action scenes. Field 2 (Gate of the Wasteland field)


 There is base of Horst. No film trick this time; they are pointing the right way ;) These trees they were pointing at have grown, so it's divided into two field now. There is a small forest in between.    


              1988                               North west of rock 1                         2019  









                                                                  They sabotage the route                                This field looks pretty cultivated and is found in 2021                                     




The last scene of The Shadow; I can't tell you exactly where this field is. This field has small stones and it's pretty cultivated (many roads and arable land).


2021 It took a while...but the same spot as the photo above (right). Thanks to C. Petit who made this one during a walk.


C. Petit spoke a woman who saw this scenes from out of her window ;)


The Wind Wagon. Episode 66

Story: William is trapped in the middle of the wasteland, by Hanka. A lonely goddess of the wind. Thankfully he is helped by Jonas, an eccentric but friendly guy, who has also been trapped

here for a while. Jonas has a solution to escape from this madness: a wind wagon that he has built himself. But William first needs to convince Hanka to let them go by blowing.


           The Windwagon 66                                                                                2017                  





                                   The Shadow 58                                                The Windwagon 66                    2018 below this photo large


1988                                                                                                                 2018      


   1988                                                                                              2018


               1988                                                                                               2018


2017       Dana Gillepie as Godin of the wind named 'Hanka'           1988





          1988 The Shadow 58                                                                           2017                             



Summer 2020



                                                                                   Tell challenges the Wind Goddess                       Ghost are living from the wind she blows    


To Compare the water/wind wheel episodes at Jasse:

- Episode 54 The mission

- Mission 66, The Wind Wagon

Horst, the prince of the wasteland, has bought Gessler on a slave market. After that he has attached him on a waterwheel, see the photos below.

Note that the water wheel is reused in the episode 66 "The wind wagon", but this time as a wind wheel.

This proves that this part of the episode 54 really took place at the "Jasse" of Sauveterre. The Windwagon



Inside Jasse de Sauveterre


                         Under the right cloth you see the big window. The Crossbow shot seems to be made with a wide angle lens.


Finally the wind blows his wind wagon away from that place.


Below and above the same angle, see 'Jasse' in the background


This roof of Jasse is like a piece of art


Unknown location

A final short shot in an unknown place in Lozere, an unreadable weapon in the fireplace can't be decode by me.








Below at Jasse with the crew and Mai Zetterling.



About the place

The place where the guide or Jonas live is called a "jasse" in French. It's a small stone sheepfold typical of the causses in Lozere, France. The "jasses" were used to protect the sheep at night

during the transhumance (movement between higher pastures in summer and lower valleys in winter). They have small windows to prevent wolves to attack the sheep. They slightly differ from

southern bories which were seasonal homes or barns for farmers in the 19th century. The jasse used in these 2 episodes is located in Lozere, not far from Sauveterre town.

The sheep that we see, especially in the episode 70 "Forbidden land" are brebis Lacaune. They are appreciated for their milk, in order to make cheese like Roquefort for example. In this third

season we can also see a small stone sheepfold called "jasse" that was used to protect the sheep at night during the transhumance (movement between higher pastures in summer and lower

valleys in winter).


Summer 2020


Sheepfolds were used a lot in this third season, like in the episode 68 "The Amazon" or 52 "Doppelganger".

Since 2020 we know this sheepfold is an old 'Caussenarde' farm partly built as studio for Crossbow season 3


Summer of 2020, in front and around this shed was build up a big studio.


The desert part is well shown in the episode 55 "Bounty twins". The landscape is covered with limestone rocks and yellow grass, except when the grass grows up in little sinkholes where it

stays green. However, a large variety of plants, bushes like the boxwood or flowers like the carline (or cardabelle in French) or the aster grow there too. Note that the carline is also called

the  "shepherd's barometer" because, like the sunflower, it opens at the sun and closes when the rain is coming. The local farmers use it as a lucky charm that they hang on their door.

 Moreover, its heart is eatable, like with the artichokes.

The most beautiful flowers everywhere!


Above left and right orchids. In the middle (Adonis vernalis Spring pheasant's eye. The stemless carline thistle is an endangered

species and do live on these calcareous 'Causse' soil. Below one of the huge carlines who were growing everywhere around.


The stem less carline thistle is an endangered species and do live on thes calcareous 'Causse' soil.



Pulsatilla vulgaris var. costeana grows on the Causse    The deer in the middle of a field with small purple orchids (At Boissets)




The photo above and below are copyright.


While seeing this photo, I was convinced my car could do the same. One tip: always take a 4x4 jeep in the wasteland.






Rocks around the stone formations. Colored by the red heather