I also want to point out that this change makes other game limitations more glaring. If you have companions or family leading parties in your army, they can be automatically be assigned to lead groups of troops. If they happen to be cavalry, they can get assigned to lead archers or infantry. What happens then is when you advance the troops, they trot out ahead and being far in front, become the first target and get shot full of arrows. I suppose you could also end up with an archer companion leading cavalry which would be just as bad. The various game mechanics are simply not good enough to allow a family and companion death option.