I'm curious as to the decisions in past installments to force players to do all of the renown hearts to continue the story (I forget is LWS4 ep. 1 did this, but a good portion of LWS3 did). I understand if it was to show people the map and get them excited to be playing on it and to find little secrets, but I would rather finish the story and then go on to explore the new map at my own pace, however I dread every LWS episode now because it's Story -> New Map-> Renown Hearts -> Story. I just get stuck at a new map and decided to eventually force myself through it to get to the rest of the story.
I guess my question is: Is there plans in the future to shake up the pattern we're stuck in with LW Episodes (as shown above) to allow us to just go and do the story, and then allow us to explore the map and hearts and events at our own pace?