Originally Posted by PTAaron
I'm 32-34 hours in and have had one freeze up, but otherwise no issues with gameplay - aside from Lydia stepping in front of my arrows and dying!! I'm glad I save often, but it is getting a little old having to load a saved game just to being her moronic butt back to life.
The sooner you learn to distance yourself emotionally from your companions, the better.
I kept Lydia alive for about 40 hours. She died in a tomb somewhere. Then I got Uthgerd. She was pretty awesome, but unpredictable. She disappeared for like ten hours (probably on a bender somewhere down south). She popped back up eventually, then she died in the wilderness while fighting off a bear, a dragon, and a thief at the same time. Tough broad. After that, I sort of lost track of the others. I had some scrappy guy I met somewhere. He didn't last long, but he liked to punch things. After a while, it seemed like they were all out to martyr themselves. Some worked for money; others for tasks; some for no good reason. But they all died.