I’m not going to go as far as saying Jang Geun Seok‘s career never reached it’s potential but it’s more like it going go the way most pundits and fans thought it would when be broke out with You’re Beautiful in 2009. Before that he was already the rising young actor to watch with Hwang Jini and Hong Gil Dong, but after YB he was the IT YOUNG ACTOR that everyone and their mothers and grandmothers expected would be top of his acting/age class among other South Korean actors. And that’s where his desires to be free, to experiment, to just enjoy what he wanted to do more than what was the safe/expected path diverged, and so be it. He’s been back from military service since mid-2020 and he did a K-drama Switch: Change the World before his enlistment which helps keep him anchored to the small screen memory. I don’t follow his SNS but K-netizens have been clamoring for his comeback as recent pictures show him happy, healthy, and visually almost identical to his peak as fastidious smexy rocker Hwang Tae Kyung in YB.