In the first season finale episode of Stranger Things, we saw the demogorgon attacking Dr. Brenner. So, it was presumed that he is dead.
However, in S02E07 aka Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister, a lab technician, Ray, who used to work at Hawkin's Lab, says that Brenner is still alive and that he would lead Kali and Eleven to him, so they can avenge what he did.
Here is the conversation,
Ray: No, wait! No, wait! Wait! I can help. I can help you find him.
Kali: Find who?
Ray: Brenner! I can take you to him.
Eleven: Papa is gone.
Ray: No, he is alive.
Kali: Do not lie to us, Ray.
Ray: I'm not lying! [SOFTLY] I swear [WHIMPERING] He trusts me. I'll take you to him.
So, he says that Brenner is alive despite what we saw in that final episode.
So, the question is, was he lying to save himself or is it really true that Dr. Brenner is still alive? Is there any in-universe or out-of-universe explanation for this?