Some films on Netflix come and go while others have legs and last long in the watch lists of users.

Bull, the violent and grisly revenge thriller starring Neil Maskell, is very much the latter.

While it originally flew under the radar upon its initial 2021 release, after landing on Netflix it found its audience and became an unexpected summer hit on the streaming platform.

Bull stars Maskell (Hijack, Litvinenko) as the eponymous character who hunts down members of his former gang, led by his father-in-law (David Hayman), to find his estranged son.

It all gets a little complicated during its conclusion, and if you were left scratching your head after watching it all unfold, we're here to help.

Read on to have the Bull ending explained and to find out exactly what happens in this gruesome revenge thriller.

Bull movie: Netflix ending explained

Characters in Bull standing in a field, with a caravan on fire in the background
Bull. SEAC

Earlier in the film, we are shown a flashback to a fateful night where Bull is double-crossed by his wife and father-in-law. He is burned alive in front of his son, with the gang believing him to be dead, which is why they’re so shocked when his vengeful rampage begins.

It’s witnessing this event that also turns his son towards heroin.

After finding his son, Bull takes him to a church and lays him at the altar until a vicar (Daniele Lydon) comes the next morning.

They look at Bull and scream, scared that he has entered a place of God. We then see that Bull’s eyes have turned entirely black, as if he is the Devil. He asks the vicar for his son’s salvation and leaves, with the last shot being an image of Bull standing over a grave.

Is Bull a demon?

It’s the same grave we see in the film’s opening – presumably Bull’s grave. At the beginning of his underworld odyssey, Bull says he came from Hell, and the film’s ending implies this is literally true - that he made a deal with the Devil to save his son, adding a metaphysical tilt to what was, up to that moment, a gritty story steeped in reality.

Without stating so specifically, it is fair to assume that Bull was allowed out of Hell to avenge his murder after actually dying when he was set on fire by his father-in-law.

Bull is really dead in every scene of the film (except the flashbacks) and has to return to Hell once his quest for revenge and salvation is over.

It would also explain why Bull seemingly comes from nowhere and why he bears no scars from the night he was set on fire.

Bull also takes no notice of witnesses or the matter of leaving evidence behind during his murder spree, killing people in broad daylight and in increasingly grisly fashion.

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