what amazes me about anastasia is how long the empress held on to hope. the last time she saw anastasia, she was around 8. she held on to the hope of seeing her granddaughter for over 10 (maybe more) years. and there was a reason she was giving up hope. she had seen so many girls and none of them were anastasia. then this girl comes along and it seems too good to be true. the pieces fit too perfectly. and when she does finally get reunited with her granddaughter, she lets her choose love and lets her go. all that mattered to her was that she was alive and happy. she waited and was able to let her go because she wanted her last family member to live without the shadow of tragedy. i just think the empress is a pretty kickass woman.